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afterthought

Noun

1 thinking again about a choice previously made; "he had second thoughts about his purchase" [syn: reconsideration, second thought, rethink]
2 an addition that was not included in the original plan; "the garage was an afterthought"

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English

Etymology

From after + thought

Pronunciation

IPA: WEAE /ˈæft.ɚ.θɔt/

Noun

  1. A reflection after an act; a later or subsequent thought, action, or expedient.
    She packed her sandals only as an afterthought, but she was glad she did.

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