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

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Recent Examples on the Web Marketing costs are likely to keep going up and the importance of having a unique voice or channel to consumers will be more important in the foreseeable future. Richard Kestenbaum, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Beshear emphasizes that water systems will be shut down, leaving affected families without a water source for the foreseeable future. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 Those offices are expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future and may still require millions of dollars in repairs. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 31 July 2022 But Lee suspects that protons are good enough and will prevail as the more developed option for the foreseeable future. James Riordon, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 In any case, making some money from a regrettable situation may be one of the few solaces air travelers have for the foreseeable future. Dan Carson, Chron, 29 July 2022 But no matter how bad the situation gets now, experts say the tech giant is unlikely (and perhaps unable) to disengage from China for the foreseeable future. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 28 July 2022 This kind of status quo weather pattern, with seasonably warm temperatures and mainly moderate to high humidity, looks to continue for the foreseeable future. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 For the foreseeable future at least, the partnerships remain supreme. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foreseeable

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foreseeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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