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 after a successful transplant, patients have to take immune-suppressing drugs to prevent organ rejection for the foreseeable future. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Successfully 3D Print an Organ That Mimics Lungs," 3 May 2019 Several recent developments have highlighted the unintended — though often foreseeable — consequences the president’s policies are having on his own supporters. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump supporters suffer unintended consequences of his policies," 15 May 2018 Clearly, this Duke and Duchess of Sussex won't experience any financial worries for the foreseeable future. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Meghan Markle's Net Worth?," 16 Apr. 2019 There would be too many variables to control, and this made the foreseeable stress level not worth the tasty reward. Lorraine Allen, Good Housekeeping, "My Child Has a Severe Allergy, But I Secretly Ate Her Forbidden Food Anyway," 20 Dec. 2018 But, the motions say, there are no legal grounds to sue the USOC because Nassar never worked for the federation, nor were Nassar’s crimes foreseeable by the USOC. Eddie Pells, The Seattle Times, "USOC files to remove itself as defendant in Nassar lawsuits," 24 July 2018 Will front office remain the same for foreseeable future? Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Raiders training camp questions: Will Jon Gruden rejuvenate Derek Carr and Co.?," 3 July 2018 An epidemic that is the direct and foreseeable result of Purdue’s complex, large-scale, and years-long campaign of deception. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Va. AG Herring sues Perdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, blaming it for opioid crisis," 27 June 2018 While a court can’t punish a church for following its doctrine, a church doesn’t get a pass for failing to stop foreseeable criminal conduct. Jack Greiner,, "A church sex scandal meets the First Amendment," 20 June 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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