What does afterthought mean?

afterthought meaning in General Dictionary

Reflection after a work later or subsequent thought

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  • thinking once again about a selection previously made
  • an inclusion which was not included in the original plan
  • representation after an act; later on or subsequent idea or expedient.

afterthought meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1660s, from after + thought.


afterthought meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Reflection after an act; later or subsequent idea or expedient.


Sentence Examples with the word afterthought

The finished form of the epistle's argument is sometimes urged to prove that it was not originally an epistle at all, written more or less on the spur of the moment, but a literary composition, half treatise and half homily, to which its author - as an afterthought - gave the suggestion of being a Pauline epistle by adding the personal matter in ch.

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