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foresee

[fawr-see, fohr-]
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verb (used with object), fore·saw, fore·seen, fore·see·ing.
  1. to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
  2. to see beforehand.
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verb (used without object), fore·saw, fore·seen, fore·see·ing.
  1. to exercise foresight.
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Origin of foresee

before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1
Related formsfore·see·a·ble, adjectivefore·see·a·bil·i·ty, nounfore·se·er, nounun·fore·see·a·ble, adjectiveun·fore·see·a·ble·ness, nounun·fore·see·a·bly, adverbun·fore·see·ing, adjectiveun·fore·seen, adjectivewell-fore·seen, adjective

Synonyms

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1. divine, discern. See predict.
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Examples from the Web for unforeseeable

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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


British Dictionary definitions for unforeseeable

unforeseeable

adjective
  1. not able to be foreseen or known beforehand
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foresee

verb -sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen
  1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehandhe did not foresee that
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Derived Formsforeseeable, adjectiveforeseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for unforeseeable

adj.

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

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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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