unforeseeable

adjective
un·​fore·​see·​able | \ ˌən-fȯr-ˈsē-ə-bəl \

Definition of unforeseeable

: not able to be reasonably anticipated or expected : not foreseeable an unforeseeable event/problem

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unforeseeably \ ˌən-​fȯr-​ˈsē-​ə-​blē \ adverb

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In 2008, Trump failed to pay $334 million on the Chicago loan and sued Deutsche Bank, arguing that the global financial crisis was an unforeseeable event akin to a natural disaster. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 Due to unforeseeable health reasons, Ariana Grande has cancelled her show at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 29. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Cancels New Year's Eve Weekend Concert in Las Vegas," 29 Dec. 2018 What concerns me is that, in the coming weeks, state and federal leaders will frame Harvey as an unforeseeable, unprecedented disaster. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Harvey: This is probably the worst US flood storm ever; I’ll never be the same," 25 Aug. 2018 In 2008, Trump failed to pay $334 million on the Chicago loan and sued Deutsche Bank, arguing that the global financial crisis was an unforeseeable event akin to a natural disaster. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 In 2008, Trump failed to pay $334 million on the Chicago loan and sued Deutsche Bank, arguing that the global financial crisis was an unforeseeable event akin to a natural disaster. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "The thinly-sourced theories about Trump’s loans and Justice Kennedy’s son," 12 July 2018 But lately, as tech platforms like Facebook have amassed unforeseeable power and at times wielded it recklessly, some lawmakers and internet safety advocates have begun looking at ways to make these protections less expansive. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 References to these players are designed to suggest that Upshaw’s death was not an unforeseeable fluke but rather a foreseeable harm that could have been prevented. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining the Zeke Upshaw Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the NBA," 1 June 2018 Jen’s and my existence unfolds in an unforeseeable staccato of travel and assignments. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Even Vagabonds Need a Home," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of unforeseeable

1672, in the meaning defined above

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unforeseeable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unforeseeable

: impossible to predict or expect

unforeseeable

adjective
un·​fore·​see·​able | \ ˌən-fōr-ˈsē-ə-bəl\

Legal Definition of unforeseeable

: not capable of being reasonably anticipated or expected : such that a person of ordinary prudence would not expect to occur or exist under the circumstances an unforeseeable misuse an unforeseeable injury

Other Words from unforeseeable

unforeseeability \ -​ˌsē-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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