- to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
- to see beforehand.
- to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
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Related Wordscapricious, chance, chancy, changeable, fluky, incalculable, random, uncertain, unexpected, unknowable
Examples from the Web for unforeseeable
This development has had a variety of unforeseeable effects on the game.Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Future of Genius Machines
September 17, 2013
Barring some really extraordinary and unforeseeable chain of events, Obama will not be able to say that.Will Jobs Numbers Sink Obama in 2012?
June 3, 2011
Whether that be today, tomorrow, on the day after the election, or just at some unforeseeable future date, late at night.Letterman Corners McCain
October 17, 2008
What you call an unforeseeable form is only a new arrangement of old elements.
In so far as we are geometricians, then, we reject the unforeseeable.
No, nothing had been unforeseeable; and in what light did that fact leave him?Double Harness
A situation charged with all kinds of unforeseeable results.Children of the Whirlwind
Of course there's always a big margin for the unforeseeable.The Real Adventure
Henry Kitchell Webster
- not able to be foreseen or known beforehand
- (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 unforeseeable
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