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

Examples of foreseeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Insley told CNN Business that the massive stimulus from the Fed as well as various programs from Congress should help the market for the foreseeable future. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Expect stock market fireworks in the next few months. Here's how to survive," 26 June 2020 Amesh Adalja, a member of the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel and an expert on emerging infectious diseases, believes that if sports are to go on they will be played in near-empty venues for the foreseeable future. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan won't host presidential debate, so why is college football OK?," 25 June 2020 But for the foreseeable future, Macy's will be in fire-extinguishing mode rather than reinvention mode, hurting its chances to stand out in a crowded field of competitors that have already siphoned away market share. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy’s cutting another 20% of corporate jobs as coronavirus pummels sales," 25 June 2020 The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, for example, will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Gregory Thomas,, "Santa Cruz reopens beaches after 2-month closure," 25 June 2020 Jaap Stam has brought with him a new take on the 4-3-3 that should leave everyone guessing about the club's tactics for the foreseeable future. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "MLS is Back Tournament Group E analysis: How FC Cincinnati matches up against the group," 25 June 2020 The cost-cutting measures were necessary because live events like concerts and NBA games have been canceled for the foreseeable future to prevent the spread of COVID-19. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers issue layoffs, salary reductions amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 June 2020 Though the situation seemed especially grim for record stores, with retailers nationwide forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future, owners quickly sprang into action to adapt to the new status quo. Tyler Aquilina,, "Will vinyl survive the pandemic?," 23 June 2020 There will be no indoor shows for the foreseeable future, either. Hector Saldana,, "Randy Rogers Band making a cautious return to live music at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of foreseeable

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2020

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“Foreseeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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