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[fawr-see, fohr-] /fɔrˈsi, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
to see beforehand.
verb (used without object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1
Related forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseeability, noun
foreseer, noun
unforeseeable, adjective
unforeseeableness, noun
unforeseeably, adverb
unforeseeing, adjective
unforeseen, adjective
well-foreseen, adjective
1. divine, discern. See predict. Unabridged
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  • In other words, the pain, austerity and market turmoil will go on for the foreseeable future.
  • Global climate change models predict that ocean temperatures will continue to rise in the foreseeable future.
  • It seems to be, given the nature of the enemy, a war with no foreseeable end.
  • Unfortunately, such is not the case currently or in the foreseeable future.
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  • Under the current budget this level of spending will continue into the foreseeable future.
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  • The current economic climate has made such hopes even more unrealizable for the foreseeable future.
  • Real rates will stay at today's low levels only if the global growth outlook is gloomy for the foreseeable future.
British Dictionary definitions for foreseeable


verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehand: he did not foresee that
Derived Forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foreseeable

1804, from foresee + -able. Related: Foreseeably.



Old English foreseon "have a premonition," from fore- "before" + seon "to see, see ahead" (see see (v.)). Related: Foresaw; foreseeing; foreseen.

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