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 foreseeable (audio) \ noun

Examples of foreseeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reality is that business inflation is already here, and its effects will likely be felt for the foreseeable future. Andrew Duguay, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Those figures are an order of magnitude smaller than the new spending governments undertook during the pandemic, which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 3 June 2021 East Side Restaurant, a German eatery in New Britain known for its generous multi-course meals, has switched to a la carte for the foreseeable future because the owner can’t get enough staff to handle the volume. Susan Dunne,, 1 June 2021 Some restaurants are sticking with takeout only for the foreseeable future, even as the state gears up for a full reopening. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Gorecki with Mercury for road trip With Taurasi and Bria Hartley (still rehabbing from knee surgery) out for the foreseeable future, the Mercury are counting on Haley Gorecki for some perimeter depth. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2021 At maximum, Belichick is grooming Patricia to be the Patriots’ lead front office man for the foreseeable future, and — who knows?, 28 May 2021 With assistance from a local firm, security personnel will be on site at the museum and adjacent property for the foreseeable future. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2021 With assistance from a local firm, security personnel will be on site at the museum and adjacent property for the foreseeable future. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of foreseeable

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2021

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“Foreseeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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

Other Words from foreseeable

foreseeably adverb


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