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[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 for unforeseen
  • But in choosing to be there, they became central players in an ugly suburban drama sown with unforeseen twists.
  • But the rush to announce or publish findings can sometimes cause unforeseen problems when it comes to protecting.
  • The weakening of some criminal gangs has had unforeseen consequences.
  • Yet sometimes an unforeseen event can turn the initial imagery of a name into a painful irony.
  • There will be unforeseen consequences, there always are.
  • But the process of building the new garden turned into an adventure with a few unforeseen twists.
  • Each creative nudge to the conversation expands it, with threads spiraling off in unforeseen directions.
  • They added that extensive use of a vaccine on animals could have unforeseen effects on other species in their food chain.
  • Citing a fairly serious and unforeseen health problem, one contributor withdrew.
  • But even then the downturn would not be caused by dearer money itself so much as by the shock of bad unforeseen news.
British Dictionary definitions for unforeseen

unforeseen

/ˌʌnfɔːˈsiːn/
adjective
1.
not seen or known beforehand; unanticipated

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 unforeseen
adj.

1650s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of foresee. Cf. Middle Dutch onvoresien, Dutch onvoorzien, Middle High German unvorsen.

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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