fore·​see·​able | \ fȯr-ˈsē-ə-bəl How to pronounce foreseeable (audio) \

Definition of foreseeable

1 : being such as may be reasonably anticipated foreseeable problems foreseeable consequences
2 : lying within the range for which forecasts are possible in the foreseeable future

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foreseeability \ fȯr-​ˌsē-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce foreseeable (audio) \ noun

Examples of foreseeable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Valenti, the new traffic pattern will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 10 Jan. 2022 And although having an offense hinge so much on a single tight end may be unusual, coaches expect that the position’s swelling significance throughout college football will stick for the foreseeable future. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Inflation: The global supply chain issues unearthed by the pandemic will continue to challenge businesses for the foreseeable future. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2022 But notably, despite a general anxiety reflected in the media that teachers are trying to bring back remote learning for the foreseeable future, most unions are only asking for a few weeks to let case counts go down. Molly Osberg, The New Republic, 7 Jan. 2022 With interest rates having been extremely low for years, SAWS was able to refinance its outstanding $100 million in revenue bonds as a way to keep from raising monthly water rates for the foreseeable future. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Jan. 2022 The Havasupai Reservation has been on lockdown and will remain on lockdown for the foreseeable future. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 The plan for a move to Arlington Heights is a massive project and one that will dominate time and attention from the franchise’s leadership for the foreseeable future. Brad Biggs,, 5 Jan. 2022 There will likely be no shortage of job opportunities for the foreseeable future, even with no-code tools in play. Nate Nead, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of foreseeable

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foreseeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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fore·​see·​able | \ fōr-ˈsē-ə-bəl How to pronounce foreseeable (audio) \

Legal Definition of foreseeable

: such as reasonably can or should be anticipated : such that a person of ordinary prudence would expect to occur or exist under the circumstances a foreseeable risk the foreseeable expenses a foreseeable plaintiff

Other Words from foreseeable

foreseeably adverb


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