unforeseen

adjective
un·​fore·​seen | \ ˌən-fȯr-ˈsēn How to pronounce unforeseen (audio) \

Definition of unforeseen

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

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Read Now Like many of the other alterations to the Mississippi, this one has had unforeseen consequences. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "The River’s Revenge: The Mississippi remains critical to our prosperity, but hostile to attempts to control it," 15 June 2019 To get the most out of their experience, Students need to be flexible in responding to unforeseen situations and in taking advantage of unexpected opportunities. National Geographic, "Student Expeditions Terms & Conditions," 12 June 2019 An appealing conjecture is also somewhat ridiculous or fantastic, with unforeseen range and consequences. Quanta Magazine, "The Subtle Art of the Mathematical Conjecture," 7 May 2019 In his ruling, Gilliam said the government claim that the wall construction was unforeseen did not square with the president’s many funding demands dating to early 2018 and even in the 2016 campaign. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Judge rejects House Dem’s suit to stop wall fund transfer," 3 June 2019 In his ruling, Gilliam said the government claim that the wall construction was unforeseen did not square with the president’s many funding demands dating to early 2018 and even in the 2016 campaign. Spencer S. Hsu, The Denver Post, "Judge rejects House suit to block transfer of billions of dollars for Trump border wall," 3 June 2019 Analysts say the highest gas prices of the year may be behind us unless there are unforeseen economic, geopolitical, and/or weather-related circumstances. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 When unforeseen maintenance issues do occur or other operational issues get in the way, United is using machine learning to help swap out aircraft. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 Some of those who saved were hit by unforeseen health-care costs. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "A Retirement Wealth Gap Adds a New Indignity to Old Age," 4 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unforeseen

1651, in the meaning defined above

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unforeseen

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unforeseen

: not predicted or expected

unforeseen

adjective
un·​fore·​seen | \ ˌən-fōr-ˈsēn\

Kids Definition of unforeseen

: not known beforehand : unexpected unforeseen problems

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