[ fawr-see-uh-buhl ]
/ fɔrˈsi ə bəl /
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as far as can be seen:Our objective is to make travel around the city quick, easy, and trouble-free for the foreseeable future.
able to be known or seen in advance:A key finding was that the fire was foreseeable, and both the mine owner and the regulatory agencies could have prevented it from occurring.
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Origin of foreseeable

OTHER WORDS FROM foreseeable

fore·see·a·bil·i·ty [fawr-see-uh-bil-i-tee], /fɔrˌsi əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounun·fore·see·a·ble, adjectiveun·fore·see·a·ble·ness, nounun·fore·see·a·bly, adverb
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What does foreseeable mean?

If something is foreseeable, it means it can be predicted or identified in advance.

Foreseeable is the adjective form of the verb foresee, which means to see or know beforehand.

Foreseeable is often used in the phrase the foreseeable future, referring to the span of time in the near future about which reasonable assumptions can be made.

Example: Unfortunately, due to the road closure we’ll be taking the detour for the foreseeable future.

Where does foreseeable come from?

The first records of the word foreseeable come from the early 1800s. The verb foresee is recorded much earlier, before the 900s. Foresee comes from the Old English foresēon and contains the prefix fore-, meaning “before.” In foresee and foreseeable, see is used not in the literal sense of sight, but in the sense of insight or foresight.

Of course, no one can predict the future with certainty, and describing something as foreseeable doesn’t imply that someone’s looking into a crystal ball. When we talk about the events of the foreseeable future, we’re talking about the things that we can reasonably anticipate or predict will happen in the near future. Foreseeable is typically used in discussions about planning ahead. Or about how someone should have planned ahead but didn’t, as in All of these risks were foreseeable, so his excuse that they came as a complete surprise doesn’t hold up.

Things that cannot be reasonably foreseen can be described as unforeseeable.

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What are some other forms of foreseeable?

  • foresee (verb)
  • unforeseeable (adjective)
  • foreseeability (noun)

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How is foreseeable used in real life?

Foreseeable is typically used in discussion of what we anticipate or know will happen. It’s most commonly used in the phrase the foreseeable future.



Try using foreseeable!

Which word from the following does NOT describe a situation that is foreseeable?

A. expected
B. unknowable
C. predicted
D. anticipated

How to use foreseeable in a sentence