un·​fore·​see·​able | \ ˌən-fȯr-ˈsē-ə-bəl How to pronounce unforeseeable (audio) \

Definition of unforeseeable

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

Other Words from unforeseeable

unforeseeably \ ˌən-​fȯr-​ˈsē-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unforeseeable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unforeseeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plants in your yard and even inside your home are also at risk of facing harsh climates and unforeseeable weather events. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 Sometimes, the arrival of these creatures is unforeseeable, such as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which torpedoed stocks. Larry Light, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 With the consequences of the pandemic still impacting the industry (something that will likely last for years to come), adopting AI is now a must, especially because those consequences are shifting retail in unforeseeable ways. Damian Scalerandi, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 In an interview, Precinct 4 Commissioner Don Harris suggested the race’s tragic outcome was unforeseeable. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Oct. 2021 Letting Evergrande collapse quickly, on the other hand, risks a broad fall in apartment prices or other potentially unforeseeable shocks to the financial system. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 In Cumberland and in Ellicott City, the Robinette family is left with the grief associated with the seemingly inexplicable and unforeseeable loss. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 In Cumberland and in Ellicott City, the Robinette’s family have been left with the grief associated with the seemingly unexplainable and unforeseeable loss. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Following this strategy will help your business deal with unforeseeable financial circumstances and maintain a good credit rating. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of unforeseeable

1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Unforeseeable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforeseeable. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unforeseeable

: impossible to predict or expect


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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