fore·​see·​able | \ fȯr-ˈsē-ə-bəl How to pronounce foreseeable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce foreseeability (audio) \ noun

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And although political obstacles make Congress unlikely to adopt any of them in the foreseeable future, some state governments aren’t waiting. Peter R. Orszag, Houston Chronicle, "Guess what’s holding back wind power in the U.S.," 12 July 2019 While a toxic algae bloom shut down water access to coastal Mississippi’s beaches for the foreseeable future, there are no plans to do the same in Alabama., "‘All bets are off’: Toxic algae bloom shutters Mississippi beaches, causes worry in Alabama," 12 July 2019 Trade for Mets RHP Seth Lugo Assuming the Rays can get by with some combination of Ji-man Choi and Nate Lowe at first base, their biggest need is in the bullpen, which has lost Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo for the foreseeable future. Jon Tayler,, "The Best Possible Move for Every American League Team Before the Trade Deadline," 10 July 2019 Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving opting to join the Brooklyn Nets last week altered the trajectory of the entire NBA for the foreseeable future. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How NBA Free Agency Dunked on Baseball," 9 July 2019 With Oladipo out for the foreseeable future, however, Lamb will start the season as the two-guard. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Jeremy Lamb is one of the oldest Pacers, epitomizing Indiana's focus on young talent," 7 July 2019 More Franklin Barreto Barreto, a longtime top prospect, will be holding it down at second base for the foreseeable future, Melvin said. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: A’s beat odds, beat Twins 8-6," 3 July 2019 Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and George Hill all plan to be back in Milwaukee next season and for the foreseeable future. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Middleton, Lopez, Hill set to return to Bucks on long-term deals and another Lopez is signed; Brogdon traded to Pacers," 30 June 2019 Make Jimin's hair black for the foreseeable future? Natalie Morin,, "We Played BTS World, & It's The Game of ARMY's Dreams," 25 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce foreseeable (audio) \

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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