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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Recent Examples on the Web The great outdoors is an unforgiving place at times, and being prepared for unforeseen obstacles is the best way to avoid disaster. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, "10 Gun Dog Disasters to Avoid," 11 Feb. 2020 Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives expects the unforeseen delay to take a direct hit on global shipments of the the tech giant's core iPhone and other products. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Coronavirus keeps Apple's Foxconn plants partially shut: report," 10 Feb. 2020 The challenges — and the potential — can be seen in the way Wall Street has punished traditional auto brands such as Ford and General Motors while rewarding newcomers such as Tesla, whose stock hit unforeseen highs earlier this week. NBC News, "Ford shakes up its C-suite after $1.7 billion quarterly loss," 7 Feb. 2020 But in an unforeseen turn of events, Clear Falls went on a stunning 19-0 run in a five-minute span in cruising to a 53-28 victory. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Girls’ basketball: Clear Falls uses 19-0 run to top Clear Creek," 7 Feb. 2020 Last year, lawmakers approved spending up to $250 million from the state’s Constitutional Budget Reserve on as-yet-unforeseen expenses. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska legislators expect ‘colossal’ supplemental spending, gobbling last year’s budget cuts," 31 Jan. 2020 This unforeseen incident has left them devastated and incomplete shock. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Kountry Kitchen GoFundMe campaign raises thousands in 4 days. Here's how you can help.," 20 Jan. 2020 Barring unforeseen delays, here are the best games coming your way in the next 12 months. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020," 11 Jan. 2020 Here's to hoping ardently for future lists with fresh, unforeseen stories set in Michigan, told by new, emerging voices. Freep.com, "Michigan's Greatest Movies: Who won, Eddie Murphy, Clint Eastwood or Eminem?," 5 Jan. 2020

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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 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unforeseen

: not predicted or expected


un·​fore·​seen | \ ˌən-fōr-ˈsēn \

Kids Definition of unforeseen

: not known beforehand : unexpected unforeseen problems

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