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

Examples of unforeseeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But these acts of violence were not the result of unforeseeable happenstance. Washington Post, "Judge refuses to free extremists who attacked protesters," 17 Sep. 2019 Her kickoff event was overshadowed by the release of the first snippets of the Mueller report, an unforeseeable development. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "How Kirsten Gillibrand’s Presidential Dreams Unraveled," 29 Aug. 2019 As of this writing, and for the unforeseeable future, the series’ 23 episodes — three or four years’ worth of most streaming or cable comedies — are available to watch on Hulu, for new viewers to discover and old fans to watch again. Los Angeles Times, "Jennifer Aniston and Mark Hamill couldn’t save ‘The Kids Are Alright.’ Can its impassioned star?," 21 Aug. 2019 Hardship is described as something unavoidable, uncontrollable and unforeseeable. Richard Obert, azcentral, "BYU commit Dean Jones given full football season by AIA, despite second move," 26 Aug. 2019 Fans demonstrate, people can remake their identities, or be remade by them, in often surprising and unforeseeable ways. Jason Parham, WIRED, "When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All," 19 Aug. 2019 Just like that, the tenor of this unforeseeable season changed for the worse again. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Questions, worry abound as elbow problem sends Chris Sale to IL," 17 Aug. 2019 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

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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

Other Words from unforeseeable

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

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