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[ fawr-see-uh-buhl ]


  1. as far as can be seen:

    Our objective is to make travel around the city quick, easy, and trouble-free for the foreseeable future.

  2. 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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Other Words From

  • fore·see·a·bil·i·ty [fawr-see-, uh, -, bil, -i-tee], noun
  • un·fore·see·a·ble adjective
  • un·fore·see·a·ble·ness noun
  • un·fore·see·a·bly adverb

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Example Sentences

With Fed interest rates remaining at roughly zero for the foreseeable future, bonds would be a mistake—as they have been basically since the last recession, assuming you wanted to make money.

From Fortune

During the postgame news conference, Blakeney tells The Washington Post that Howard will shut down Maker for the foreseeable future.

This virus is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, and it’ll keep evolving, we’ll keep getting new strains.

From Time

The case against Democrats nuking the filibusterHe didn’t get that, but in dropping his demand, he cited two Democratic senators who said they wouldn’t vote to nix the filibuster — apparently rendering the proposal dead for the foreseeable future.

Inova late Monday said it canceled scheduled vaccinations for teachers and staff members in Fairfax County Public Schools “for the foreseeable future.”

In all likelihood this last option is what we will get for the foreseeable future.

The reality is that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is likely going to be with us for the foreseeable future.

Chaos and failed states, not democracy, are what the foreseeable future holds for Arabia.

But that was not to be, and Kansas will continue as a Republican bastion for the foreseeable future.

The Italian Navy confirmed to The Daily Beast on Friday that it will continue its missions “for the foreseeable future.”

But a man might better lose life itself rather than the only gun he had or could hope to get, at least in the foreseeable future.

Therefore, for the foreseeable future the threat of nuclear war must be addressed even though it will be less likely than before.

We set no limitation whatever as to quantity and with no foreseeable limit as to time.

Moreover, the general possibility of world cultural progress in the foreseeable future has no other conceivable foundation.

A settled, unchangeable, clearly foreseeable order of things does not suit our constitution.


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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.



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

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