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

Examples of unforeseen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other times, unforeseen circumstances render a program useless or outdated. PCMAG, 4 May 2022 Closures of businesses and attractions due to staffing shortages, changes of weather and other unforeseen circumstances were not uncommon. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Harrison Scroggins was all set to enjoy his senior season in the outfield, but unforeseen circumstances left Lincoln-Way West scrambling to find a catcher. Steve Millar, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 While there were many layoffs, resignations and unforeseen circumstances contributing to the accelerated exodus of employees, there are also millions of job openings and new career opportunities. Stephen Cavey, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 But a series of unforeseen circumstances landed them in the No. 7 spot. USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 But the broader world presents endless unforeseen circumstances, and there A.I. often stumbles. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2022 These steps include the contingencies written into the contract to protect against unforeseen circumstances. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Auburn men’s basketball typically has mid-afternoon practices for several hours, barring early travel or unforeseen circumstances. al, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unforeseen

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Unforeseen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforeseen. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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un·​fore·​seen | \ ˌən-fōr-ˈsēn \

Kids Definition of unforeseen

: not known beforehand : unexpected unforeseen problems

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