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feeling the negative consequences of a decision prior to the choice made: For example, an individual may decide not to gamble on a horse race because he or she knows that regret will ensue if the horse loses.

ANTICIPATORY REGRET: "The mother experienced anticipatory regret prior to her decision to purchase new clothes because she knew that she would regret spending so much money later. "

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