fore·​see·​able fȯr-ˈsē-ə-bəl How to pronounce foreseeable (audio)
: being such as may be reasonably anticipated
foreseeable problems
foreseeable consequences
: lying within the range for which forecasts are possible
in the foreseeable future
foreseeability noun

Examples of foreseeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And now, for the foreseeable future, Michael Douglas is ready to stop. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 Convoys of vehicles monitored by Caltrans crews started heading out Sunday on one lane of the highway and will continue at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily for the foreseeable future. Kristin J. Bender, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Many of these places are located in the handful of swing states that will determine the outcome of the 2024 election and the fate of American politics for the foreseeable future — notably Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 While the burn zone is off-limits for the foreseeable future, scorched earth spans both sides — mauka to makai, or mountain to ocean — of West Maui’s Lahaina Bypass Road and Route 30, a cataclysmic contrast to that 19th-century utopia. Leilani Marie Labong, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2024 That port has been closed for the foreseeable future as search, rescue, investigative, and clean-up operations get underway. Elizabeth Blackstock / Jalopnik, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 But having the two-time MVP’s bat in the lineup will likely be a net positive for the Dodgers for the foreseeable future. Chris Dobstaff, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 For the foreseeable future, the live channels in the Hulu + Live TV package will not be available in Disney+. Todd Spangler, Variety, 27 Mar. 2024 The timing has coincided with a shoulder injury to Kevin Huerter that is likely to keep Ellis in Sacramento’s starting lineup for the foreseeable future. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foreseeable was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Foreseeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


fore·​see·​able fōr-ˈsē-ə-bəl How to pronounce foreseeable (audio)
: 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
foreseeably adverb
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