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a later or ; reconsideration.
reflection an act; an appropriate explanation, answer, expedient, or the like, conceived of too late for the occasion.
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.
Contemporary Examples

Upward mobility and reward for work seems to be an afterthought for all concerned.
Obama Misfires in the War on Poverty Lloyd Green January 12, 2014

Team Obama is all but acknowledging that in a second term, the two state solution will be an afterthought.
Giving Up Peter Beinart September 3, 2012

Almost as an afterthought he flashed me another knowing grin, but again his eyes told me to let sleeping dogs lie.
The Myths of Matthew Shepard’s Infamous Death Stephen Jimenez September 21, 2013

Yes, it contained the requisite praise, but Romney was almost an afterthought.
Ann Romney Soars, Chris Christie Stumbles in Kicking Off the Republican Convention Howard Kurtz August 28, 2012

Students—both victims and the accused—are not even an afterthought; they are completely left out of the guidelines.
Colleges Lawyer Up Before Claire McCaskill Rape Inquiry Emily Shire June 5, 2014

Historical Examples

Possibly Mrs. Behn sent the Dedicatory Epistle to press as an afterthought at the last moment and did not see a proof.
The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume VI Aphra Behn

Only, as though by an afterthought, she bade them leave the ivory harp.
Morning Star H. Rider Haggard

Upon an afterthought he added: “There’s no reason why he shouldn’t meet the Duke, is there?”
The Market-Place Harold Frederic

Then he inquired as an afterthought: “Would he snap or chaw me up a-tall?”
‘Me-Smith’ Caroline Lockhart

Dionysus/Bacchus was the God of wine, among other things, and women and song had been thrown in as an afterthought.
Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett

a comment, reply, etc, that occurs to one after the opportunity to deliver it has passed
an addition to something already completed

1660s, from after + thought.


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