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 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 In a public letter to Trump on Monday, a dozen Senate Democrats said unilateral withdrawal by the United States would create unforeseeable problems. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump set to announce fate of Iran nuclear deal; blasts John Kerry for making it," 8 May 2018 AC Milan are planning to make a move for Sevilla striker Luis Muriel because moves for top targets Edin Dzeko and Andrea Belotti look unforeseeable, according to Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato. SI.com, "AC Milan Turn Interest to Sevilla Striker as Moves for Dzeko & Belotti Look Unlikely," 30 Apr. 2018 But unforeseeable events may mean that the at-home spouse wants to return to the job market. Demetria Gallegos, WSJ, "How to Financially Protect the Stay-at-Home Spouse," 25 Mar. 2018

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1672, in the meaning defined above

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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