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foresee

[fawr-see, fohr-] /fɔrˈsi, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
1.
to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
2.
to see beforehand.
verb (used without object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
3.
to exercise foresight.
Origin
900
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
Synonyms
1. divine, discern. See predict.
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Examples from the web for unforeseeable
  • It seems some unforeseeable catastrophe will be required to bring us to our senses.
  • But the disease has left us in such a grip that breaking this toxic cycle seems unforeseeable.
  • Make sure you have access to additional funds in case your fare runs higher due to traffic or other unforeseeable factors.
  • Decide what to pack, and then double it in case of travel delay, cancellation or other unforeseeable events.
  • But some crises are not unforeseeable, which complicates the question of responsibility.
  • They have forecasted what can be forecast and formulated contingency plans ready for use when unforeseeable shocks occurred.
  • Independent from that, currently this movement seems pliable and unforeseeable.
  • It could draw unimaginable and unforeseeable consequences on mankind itself.
  • Impeding financial innovation today risks stymieing unforeseeable technological advances in the future.
  • That's probably not an especially likely outcome, but neither is it unforeseeable.
British Dictionary definitions for unforeseeable

unforeseeable

/ˌʌnfɔːˈsiːəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be foreseen or known beforehand

foresee

/fɔːˈsiː/
verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
1.
(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 unforeseeable
adj.

1670s, from un- (1) "not" + foreseeable (see foresee). Related: Unforeseeably.

foresee

v.

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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