fore·​see·​able | \fȯr-ˈsē-ə-bəl \

Definition of foreseeable 

1 : being such as may be reasonably anticipated foreseeable problems foreseeable consequences

2 : lying within the range for which forecasts are possible in the foreseeable future

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foreseeability \fȯr-​ˌsē-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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Which means that Trump’s trade war is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s trade war on Christmas," 29 Nov. 2018 Showrunner Jeff Buhler has built a fascinating world around Martin’s story seeds, starting by setting the action within the foreseeable future, rather than in an incomprehensibly distant one. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers asks whether humanity deserves to be saved," 29 Nov. 2018 The Port of Seattle suggests to arrive early to drop off or pick up, especially if there might be rain in the foreseeable future. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Rainy Thanksgiving awaits Seattle area after dense fog snarled Sea-Tac Airport traffic," 20 Nov. 2018 Sophie, too, seems pretty content with staying engaged for the foreseeable future. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Make Red Carpet Debut as a Couple," 3 Oct. 2018 Now that is a question that will help sustain obsession with Nickyanka for the foreseeable future. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Are We All So Obsessed With Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas?," 19 Sep. 2018 In any case, Fallout 76 isn’t coming to Steam for the foreseeable future. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Fallout 76 abandons Steam for Bethesda's own launcher," 7 Aug. 2018 Other plot twists in the sixth season were foreseeable: the recipient of Sansa’s secret letter ahead of the Battle of the Bastards and Ramsay Bolton’s comeuppance, for example. Tufayel Ahmed, Newsweek, "Has 'Game of Thrones' Become Too Predictable?," 30 June 2016 Despite a dip in his numbers, Fulmer is still performing like a pitcher who can top a team’s starting rotation for the foreseeable future. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer, Nick Castellanos swirling in trade rumors," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of foreseeable

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fore·​see·​able | \fōr-ˈsē-ə-bəl \

Legal Definition of foreseeable 

: such as reasonably can or should be anticipated : such that a person of ordinary prudence would expect to occur or exist under the circumstances a foreseeable risk the foreseeable expenses a foreseeable plaintiff

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foreseeably adverb

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