AskDefine | Define forestall

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1 keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" [syn: prevent, foreclose, preclude, forbid]
2 act in advance of; deal with ahead of time [syn: anticipate, foresee, counter]

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  1. To prevent, delay or hinder something by taking precautionary or anticipatory measures; to avert.
    Fred forestalled disaster by his prompt action.
  2. To purchase the complete supply of a good, particularly foodstuffs, in order to charge a monopoly price.

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