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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web As the seriousness of the pandemic began sinking in last spring and people began hunkering down for the unforeseeable future, some people began stockpiling necessities. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Landmarks: A new book tells the story of, and the stories contained in Homewood’s ‘museum without walls’," 6 Dec. 2020 His rookie season was dotted with adversity and unforeseeable circumstances that played a part in his stumbles before the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Darius Garland shows the growing pains of a young point guard," 15 Dec. 2020 What viewers didn't know was the pain behind it all — a pain that involved separation from her family and an unforeseeable future at home. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "How I Went From Fearing Deportation To Launching My Own Beauty Brand," 11 Dec. 2020 In the 21st century, our institutions can draw similar inspiration from the systems that enable nature to survive unforeseeable catastrophes. Ruth Defries, WSJ, "Nature’s Guide to Building Resilient Systems," 10 Dec. 2020 New York’s most Minnesotan rock band had the unforeseeable foresight to record a new album before the pandemic — and even to include a nod to Eddie Van Halen on it. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Hold Steady teases new album ahead of 'Massive' virtual marathon," 2 Dec. 2020 School and childcare closures have driven millions of women out of the workforce, with unforeseeable economic consequences. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "The biggest risks and opportunities for investors in 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Then, of course, unforeseeable obstacles like a 14-day shutdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF strives to make next step under Dan Mullen when Gators face rival Georgia," 6 Nov. 2020 This statistical approach can’t predict unforeseeable events, of course. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Using past data to predict whether 2020 will be the warmest on record," 19 June 2020

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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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

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

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