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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Even if a juice cleanse is not in your foreseeable future, this rose gold juicer is still worth the consideration. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "18 Pink Home Items to Gift This Valentine’s Day," 7 Feb. 2019 Joey Lucchesi’s return is at least foreseeable now. Kevin Acee,, "Joey Lucchesi rehab start set," 9 June 2018 The entire contraption is now being towed back to Hawaii to undergo repairs, and the Ocean Cleanup team will spend the foreseeable future redeveloping its design. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Project to Clean Up the Pacific Garbage Patch Is Literally Falling Apart," 8 Jan. 2019 Turner, too, seems pretty content with staying engaged for the foreseeable future. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Just Made Their Red Carpet Debut as a Couple," 3 Oct. 2018 This will likely be the status quo for the foreseeable future. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "This Democrat thinks voting rights should be one of the House’s first big priorities in January," 11 Dec. 2018 If no deal is reached, crude prices would fall in the foreseeable future, said Tamas Varga, an oil analyst at brokerage PVM. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Oil Prices Drop Sharply as OPEC Struggles to Agree on Cuts," 6 Dec. 2018 Which means that Trump’s trade war is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s trade war on Christmas," 29 Nov. 2018 Showrunner Jeff Buhler has built a fascinating world around Martin’s story seeds, starting by setting the action within the foreseeable future, rather than in an incomprehensibly distant one. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers asks whether humanity deserves to be saved," 29 Nov. 2018

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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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