the ability to predict what is likely to happen and to use this to prepare for the future She had had the foresight to prepare herself financially in case of an accident. The government’s policies show a remarkable lack of foresight. compare hindsight Word Origin Middle English: from fore- + sight, probably suggested by Old Norse forsjá, forsjó.Extra examples He had the foresight to bring in the chairs before the rain started. The plans showed great foresight. The government’s policies show a remarkable lack of foresight.