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 unforeseeably (audio) \ adverb

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Of course, immigration at this level would profoundly affect the culture, politics, and social fabric of the United States in dramatic and perhaps unforeseeable ways. Steven Camarota, National Review, "Immigration Is No Fix for an Aging Society," 8 July 2019 For aspirants to the big leagues, the stresses are ever-present and often unforeseeable. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "Keith Hernandez, Lou Piniella Focus on Humanity, Not Glory, in New Memoirs," 16 May 2018 State lawyers argued that the capacity crisis was unforeseeable and that health officials have taken all reasonable steps to fix the situation. oregonlive.com, "As mental health crisis continues, lawyers appeal judge’s indecisive contempt ruling," 20 June 2019 The company, which served the hospitality industry, attributed the closure to unforeseeable water utility costs and a failure to obtain new capital. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "More than 660 South Florida workers laid off," 19 June 2019 The contract with Lyons Electric includes a 10% contingency cushion for unforeseeable change orders that might occur during administration of the project. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Highland Park moving ahead with $1.7 million Ravinia district lighting project," 10 June 2019 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 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

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First Known Use of unforeseeable

1672, in the meaning defined above

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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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