noun Date: circa 1661 1. an idea occurring later 2. something (as a part or feature) not thought of originally ; something secondary

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  • afterthought — af|ter|thought [ æftər,θɔt ] noun count 1. ) something that you think of and say after you have finished speaking: She added as an afterthought, I liked him though. 2. ) something that happens or is done later than something else: This part of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • afterthought — [[t]ɑ͟ːftə(r)θɔːt, æ̱f [/t]] afterthoughts N COUNT: usu sing, usu a N If you do or say something as an afterthought, you do or say it after something else as an addition, perhaps without careful thought. Almost as an afterthought he added that he …   English dictionary

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