Verb afterthought Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


afterthought (third-person singular simple present afterthoughts, present participle afterthoughting, simple past and past participle afterthoughted)

  1. (very rare except in the past tense, possibly nonstandard) To expound as an afterthought.

More definition:

1.a later or second thought; reconsideration.

2.reflection after an act; an appropriate explanation, answer, expedient, or the like, conceived of too late for the occasion.

3.something added, as a part or feature, that was not included in the original plan or design, The vestry was added to the church as an afterthought.

1. a comment, reply, etc, that occurs to one after the opportunity to deliver it has passed

2. an addition to something already completed Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1660s, from after + thought.


As an afterthought, she finished it all off with the earrings and necklace that Alex had given her at the party.

He was her world, but she'd been nothing more than an afterthought, strung along with promises for years.

The earlier of the two volumes on Natural Theology relies on the cosmological argument; the later - obviously an afterthought - tries to vindicate the ontological argument as an alternative basis for theism, but awkwardly and with manifest uneasiness.

But if this was not an afterthought, he must, on his own showing, stand accused of having carried out during long years a policy which he knew to be disastrous to his country, rather than risk the loss of the king's favour and of his place.

The project of a formal and detailed treatise on population was an afterthought of Malthus.

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