Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Perception of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred.
  • n. The rear sight of a firearm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Realisation or understanding of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred
  • n. The rear sight of a firearm

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. understanding the nature of an event after it has happened.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Backward sight or perception; knowledge or comprehension of what is past; afterthought: humorously opposed to foresight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

Etymologies

From hind +‎ sight (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The part that amazed me most, in hindsight, is just how wildly vocal and open he was about it.

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  • Regarding the underlying issue, I would say that Carter in hindsight is fairly middling.

    Matthew Yglesias » Jimmy Carter

  • Saddened by the law-breakers, but giddy with happiness with the additional 2-10 million dollars this will generate, Police commissioner Julien Fantino had this to say: "The only regret I have now, in hindsight, is that I didn't go after 30 over [the limit] as opposed to 50 over."

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Only in hindsight is it evident that they were deterrable.

    Containing Iran

  • Still, the committee had had earlier opportunities to honor the man who, in hindsight, is generally seen as the leading spokesman of non-violence in the 20th century.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1901-2000

  • If this is the case then what harm could be done except to aknowledge that in "hindsight" the position should be in place, which if I heard right, has already been done, and that should be the end of that!

    WH: Social secretary will not testify before Congress

  • Petitioner himself addressed the court and stated that in "hindsight," he should not have used "that choice of words" and that he had not intended to be disruptive.

    First Department

  • Still, it would be interesting if some senator, just to get her off script, were to ask her if in hindsight she sees things any differently.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Self-Pity of Elena Kagan

  • Saying they should have done x, y and z with the benefit of hindsight is fine.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Waco

  • Israel was roundly condemned for bombing Osirak, but in hindsight it was worth it.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Gaza Blockade Violence News You May Have Missed

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