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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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  • But, half-way in, he stopped, confounded by an unforeseen difficulty.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • This adventure had come to an unforeseen end that agreeably surprised him.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • But here a strange and unforeseen complication had occurred.

  • Thus he determined, and thus no doubt he would have acted but for an unforeseen contingency.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • He spoke with agitation which was increased by an unforeseen happening.

British Dictionary definitions for unforeseen

unforeseen

/ˌʌnfɔːˈsiːn/
adjective
1.
not seen or known beforehand; unanticipated

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 unforeseen
adj.

1650s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of foresee. Cf. Middle Dutch onvoresien, Dutch onvoorzien, Middle High German unvorsen.

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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