un·fore·seen | \ ˌən-fȯr-ˈsēn \

Definition of unforeseen 

: not anticipated or expected : not foreseen : unexpected an unforeseen delay unforeseen consequences

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Like a rocket launch itself, unforeseen problems can cause even an experienced photographer to miss that perfect shot. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "How To Photograph a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 Chen said Team Sea to Sea’s goal is to complete the course in just seven days, which allows additional time for unforeseen problems like bike breakdowns, injuries, race route changes or RV engine problems. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blind cycling team to ride across country," 16 June 2018 But one minute into her routine, an unforeseen problem struck in the form of a nosebleed. BostonGlobe.com, "Competition yoga? No, it’s not an oxymoron.," 1 May 2018 The project includes $24,900 in contingency funds to cover any unforeseen costs. Jill Howardchurch, ajc, "Renovations planned for Fayette library," 20 June 2018 Privacy data concerns are urging some governments to consider regulating major tech firms, which could have some unforeseen consequences. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, June 22," 22 June 2018 Barring unforeseen issues, Norwegian striker Jo Inge Berget is fit and will be in the squad on Saturday as a candidate to fill-in for Villa. Glenn Crooks, chicagotribune.com, "David Villa remains out of full training for New York City FC," 21 Mar. 2018 Barring unforeseen issues, the first of these antibodies will become available in late 2017 or early 2018. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 This unforeseen success of a novice national team excited the country, with many taking to social media to express their unbridled joy. SI.com, "How Social Media Helped Create a Positive Atmosphere for England to Thrive in During World Cup Run," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of unforeseen

1651, in the meaning defined above

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un·fore·seen | \ ˌən-fōr-ˈsēn \

Kids Definition of unforeseen

: not known beforehand : unexpected unforeseen problems

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