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 Maintaining a livable climate will almost certainly require cutting down on air travel, at least for the foreseeable future. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 The counterpoint, articulated by other economists including Lawrence Summers, is that stubbornly high prices are likely to persist for the foreseeable future as the economy overheats. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2021 For another thing, the fact that Netflix has now acquired the rights to the original Cowboy Bebop means that the two shows will sit side-by-side on the same platform for the foreseeable future. Christian Holub,, 15 Nov. 2021 That the President was prepared to pay this price shows how dangerous the move to close Enbridge Line 5 would have been in the first place – especially with no viable alternative pipeline in place for the foreseeable future. Daniel Markind, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 For now, Beijing's zero-Covid policy still enjoys overwhelming public support, even as China shows no sign of reopening in the foreseeable future. Nectar Gan, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 And now the hybrid workplace, prolonged by the spread of the Delta variant, threatens to keep the pre-pandemic throngs of office workers at home for the foreseeable future. Shirley Leung,, 13 Nov. 2021 In April 2021, Landmark Theatres, which operated the Main Art, announced the theater was closing for the foreseeable future. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 13 Nov. 2021 Now, however, the company is spinning off a whole new division for vaccines and immune therapies, as demand for covid-19 vaccines—boosters as well as shots for potential variants—appears to stretch into the foreseeable future. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 12 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of foreseeable

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foreseeable was in 1804

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“Foreseeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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