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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from foreseeable

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

Examples of foreseeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 For now, though, and for the foreseeable future, there will be no place on that stretch of Cross Street to spend money at all. Nestor Ramos,, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 It was featured in a public tour for the first time on July 5, and the committee plans to invite the public back to see the temple and Hopffgarten’s work every first Thursday for the foreseeable future. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 July 2018 Kaplan also said that the wave of consolidation that swept the airline industry starting in the early 2000s and culminating in American's 2013 merger with US Airways won't be repeated in the foreseeable future. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 The researchers are blunt about the prospects for new plants based on existing technology: There is no reason to believe that any utility in the United States will build a new large reactor in the foreseeable future. David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 Miami rap duo City Girls is going to have to put their career on hold for the foreseeable future. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "City Girls Member JT Begins Serving Jail Sentence For Fraud Charges," 2 July 2018 In fact, with the Warriors still in tact for the foreseeable future, LeBron may fall short during his L.A. stay, giving grist to the pundits who knock him for only winning three titles, as opposed to Michael Jordan’s six. Sean Gregory, Time, "LeBron James' Move to L.A. Will Lift the NBA," 2 July 2018 With Schoop likely sidelined until the beginning of next week, the Orioles will turn to Steve Wilkerson, who played second Saturday and who Showalter plans to keep in the middle of the infield for the foreseeable future. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop likely to take three days off for 'reset'," 30 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'foreseeable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of foreseeable

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about foreseeable

Share foreseeable

Dictionary Entries near foreseeable








Phrases Related to foreseeable

in/for the foreseeable future

Statistics for foreseeable

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for foreseeable

The first known use of foreseeable was in 1804

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for foreseeable


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

Other Words from foreseeable

foreseeably adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on foreseeable

What made you want to look up foreseeable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!