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foresee

[fawr-see, fohr-] /fɔrˈsi, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
1.
to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
2.
to see beforehand.
verb (used without object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
3.
to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1
Related forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseeability, noun
foreseer, noun
unforeseeable, adjective
unforeseeableness, noun
unforeseeably, adverb
unforeseeing, adjective
unforeseen, adjective
well-foreseen, adjective
Synonyms
1. divine, discern. See predict.
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  • What you call an unforeseeable form is only a new arrangement of old elements.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • In so far as we are geometricians, then, we reject the unforeseeable.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • No, nothing had been unforeseeable; and in what light did that fact leave him?

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • A situation charged with all kinds of unforeseeable results.

  • Of course there's always a big margin for the unforeseeable.

    The Real Adventure

    Henry Kitchell Webster
  • I can't imagine, sir, unless—just possibly—there's been some unforeseeable difficulty involving the new metal-foil wrappers.

    Bread Overhead Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • He was the representative of an old order going down in the unforeseeable welter of twentieth-century politics.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for unforeseeable

unforeseeable

/ˌʌnfɔːˈsiːəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be foreseen or known beforehand

foresee

/fɔːˈsiː/
verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
1.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehand: he did not foresee that
Derived Forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for unforeseeable
adj.

1670s, from un- (1) "not" + foreseeable (see foresee). Related: Unforeseeably.

foresee

v.

Old English foreseon "have a premonition," from fore- "before" + seon "to see, see ahead" (see see (v.)). Related: Foresaw; foreseeing; foreseen.

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