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foregone conclusion

1. An inevitable result. After how poorly the team has played so far this season, it's a foregone conclusion that they won't make it to the championship.
2. A view or belief that one has before receiving all pertinent information. Don't come to any foregone conclusions about the accident, all right? Let me tell you the whole story first.
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foregone conclusion

Cliché a conclusion already reached; an inevitable result. That the company was moving to California was a foregone conclusion. That the mayor will win reelection is a foregone conclusion.
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foregone conclusion, a

1. An outcome regarded as inevitable, as in The victory was a foregone conclusion.
2. A conclusion formed in advance of argument or consideration, as in The jury was warned to consider all of the evidence and not base their decision on a foregone conclusion . This idiom probably was invented by Shakespeare ( Othello, 3:3) but scholars are not agreed as to his precise meaning. [c. 1600]
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a ˌforegone conˈclusion

a result that is certain to happen: It’s a foregone conclusion that Spain will win tonight’s match.
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foregone conclusion, a

A result that is already known and therefore is taken for granted. The term comes from Shakespeare’s Othello (3.3), in which, after hearing Iago’s lie about Cassio talking in his sleep of his love affair with Desdemona, Othello says this “dream” is a “foregone conclusion”—that is, it clearly denotes that his wife has been unfaithful to him with Cassio (as Iago intended him to believe all along). Some four centuries later the term is still around: “But it could be argued that it was a surprise so many Spaniards were prepared to take part in a vote which was a foregone conclusion” (Economist, Feb. 26, 2005).
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The SJC concluded that the commonwealth's standard of proof to compel a defendant to decrypt an electronic device by entering a password should be that the defendant knows the password beyond a reasonable doubt for the foregone conclusion exception to apply, a burden that the court said had been met in this case.
The bank will show "foregone interest" to customers if they have money in their current account which is not earning credit interest, the amount of interest that a customer could have earned if they transferred their current account balance into an instant access savings account with Tesco Bank.
Estimates by the Department of Finance (DOF) revealed foregone revenues accounted for around 1.5 percent of the country's economy, or gross domestic product (GDP), 9.3 percent of government's spending and 10.6 percent of its annual revenues in 2011 alone.
According to Reuters, Bob Diamond, the former CEO of Barclays Plc (LSE: BARC), who had resigned over a Libor scandal, has foregone his bonus for the year.
"To vote is a waste of time because the results are a foregone conclusion.
Halton council leader and chairman of the MCG Tony McDermott said: ``This is not a foregone conclusion.
"I will be reminding my players of the last foregone conclusion when Carrick held us to a 0-0 draw in the last round - also at Windsor Park."
It has done this before, with the foregone negative results of everyone continuing their form of belief or unbelief.
Roloff's detailed estimates of childrearing costs and subsidies are useful but incomplete, because she does not include the opportunity costs of parents' time spent out of the labour force to bear and raise children and their foregone leisure.
The regulations also apply to guaranteed payments to a partner for the use of capital and to loans that have unstated or foregone interest or original issue discount.
Since most countries allow full tax credit for withholding payments, the majority of revenues foregone by New Zealand accrue to the foreign investor, thereby contributing to a lower cost of capital in New Zealand.
Of the amount, P74.53 billion was foregone revenue from the grant of income tax holidays, P46.66 billion from special income tax rates, and P57.38 billion from customs duties exemptions, Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said during a House ways and means committee hearing.
Tax incentives given away to investors - in turn, foregone revenues for the national government - totaled P376 billion from 2015 to 2016, such that the head of the Duterte administration's economic team sought more support for the second tax reform package aimed at rationalizing these fiscal perks.
In this context, these notifications also provide that this 5% GST will, however, not apply if the person concerned voluntarily foregoes any actionable claim or enforceable right on such brand name, subject to the conditions that he: files an affidavit to the effect that he is voluntarily foregoing his actionable claim or enforceable right on such brand name with the jurisdictional Commissioner of Central Tax or State Tax, or the jurisdictional officer of Union Territory Tax, as the case may be, and prints in indelible ink, both in English and local language on each such unit container, that in respect of brand name printed on the unit containers he has voluntarily foregone his actionable claim or enforceable right.
Manila, Philippines -- The income tax holidays enjoyed by domestic and international business firms in free ports or economic zones cost government at least P61 billion in foregone revenues in 2011, according to Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares.