forestall forestall  /fɔr ˈstɔl/


  1. (v) keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  2. (v) act in advance of; deal with ahead of time


  1. For them, all these courtroom machinations just dredge up their heartache and forestall closure.
  2. Less pressure from Wall Street may forestall short-term cuts, enabling papers to shift their focus from quarterly earnings toward rethinking the print game.
  3. Italy's troubles in North Africa started in 1911 when, to forestall the territorial hopes of Germany and France, she declared war on Turkey and seized the province of Tripoli.



  1. "I must now stand aside, for our party and our country," Mr. Romney told conservatives. "If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator...
    on Feb 7, 2008 By: Mitt Romney Source: Globe and Mail

  2. "I support the primary objective of this legislation, to forestall reductions in physician payments. Yet taking choices away from seniors to pay physicians is wrong. This bill is objectionable, and I am vetoing it," Bush said in a statement to...
    on Jul 15, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Reuters

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