- to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
- to see beforehand.
- to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
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Examples from the Web for foreseen
Of course, nobody could have foreseen that the floor would begin to crack.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
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He had been the least violent of lawbreakers and nobody could have foreseen that he would suffer such a death.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
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Or, perhaps, one that could have been foreseen only with 20/20 hindsight.The Exemplary Plane at the Heart of the MH370 Mystery
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Why did I say it was alarming that this present state of affairs was not foreseen by the West?Ukraine Is On the Verge Of War And Putin Is To Blame
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But the book has a timeliness that Kalfus may not have foreseen.The 2013 Novel of the Year Is…
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All their calamities, except the plague, were the foreseen results of their own decision.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
It foretells events which no uninspired man could have foreseen.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
The eventuality he had not foreseen had appalled him as a humane man and a fond husband.
In any case, he had not foreseen the swift bringing home of his connection.
The likelihood that it might be necessary to sacrifice the ships had been foreseen.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehandhe did not foresee that
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Word Origin and History for foreseen
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