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Synonyms for forestall
foʊrˈstɔl, fɔr-fore·stall

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. forestall

    The original sense of prevent, to come before, act in advance of, which is now practically obsolete, was still in good use when the authorized version of the Bible was made, as appears in such passages as, "When Peter was come into the house, Jesus prevented him" (i. e., addressed him first), Matt. xvii, 25; "Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness" (i. e., by sending the blessings before the desire is formulated or expressed), Ps. xxi, 3. Anticipate is now the only single word usable in this sense; to forestall is to take or act in advance in one's own behalf and to the prejudice of another or others, as in the phrase "to forestall the market." But to anticipate is very frequently used in the favorable sense; as, his thoughtful kindness anticipated my wish (i. e., met the wish before it was expressed): or we say, "I was about to accost him when he anticipated me" (by speaking first); or one anticipates a payment (by making it before the time); in neither of these cases could we use forestall or prevent. To obviate (literally, to stop the way of or remove from the way), is to prevent by interception, so that something that would naturally withstand or disturb may be kept from doing so; to preclude, (literally, to close or shut in advance) is to prevent by anticipation or by logical necessity; walls and bars precluded the possibility of escape; a supposition is precluded; a necessity or difficulty is obviated. Prevent, which at first had only the anticipatory meaning, has come to apply to the stopping of an action at any stage, the completion or conclusion only being thought of as negatived by anticipation; the enemy passed the outworks and were barely prevented from capturing the fortress. Compare HINDER; PROHIBIT.

    Synonyms:
    anticipate, obviate, preclude, prevent

    Preposition:
    He was prevented by illness from joining the expedition.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidverb

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

    Synonyms:
    proscribe, rule out, counter, interdict, keep, veto, preclude, prevent, prohibit, foreclose, forbid, nix, anticipate, foresee, close out, disallow

  2. anticipate, foresee, forestall, counterverb

    act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

    Synonyms:
    predict, counter, foreknow, previse, look for, preclude, prevent, foreclose, forbid, envision, call, prognosticate, look to, anticipate, foresee, foretell, forebode, expect, promise

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. forestallverb

    Synonyms:
    anticipate, foretaste, antedate, take in advance

  2. forestallverb

    Synonyms:
    engross, monopolize, regrate, get exclusive possession of (in order to enhance prices)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. forestallverb

    Synonyms:
    anticipate, preoccupy, monopolize

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "forestall":

    prevent, anticipate, pre-empt, avoid, preventing

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How to use forestall in a sentence?

  1. Ron Wyden:

    I'm not going to sugar coat my disappointment here, especially since nearly all issues in the climate and energy space had been resolved, this is our last chance to prevent the most catastrophic — and costly — effects of climate change. We can't come back in another decade and forestall hundreds of billions — if not trillions — in economic damage and undo the inevitable human toll.

  2. Ioannis Kokkoris:

    The future approach of the Commission in state aid cases may be fine-tuned to adjust to the concerns the court identified, but this hiccup is not going to forestall the drive of Vestager in this area.

  3. Katsunobu Kato:

    We will make the people feel at ease by providing information in a timely manner, and continue to forestall measures.

  4. Katsunobu Kato:

    We must anticipate a spread of infections from now and must build medical system and so on to focus efforts to prevent people from becoming gravely ill or dying, we will make the people feel at ease by providing information in a timely manner, and continue to forestall measures.

  5. Gordon Chang:

    I think that Beijing is certainly worried about United States imposing sanctions on China, so what they're trying to do is to forestall that with easy-to-issue words, but the question is, what are they really going to do ? And that's going to be critical, so this is something that we're just going to have to wait and see.


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