- to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
- to see beforehand.
- to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
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1. divine, discern. See predict.
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Examples from the Web for unforeseen
However, the activism of groups like ACT UP was beginning to have unforeseen effects.Hollywood’s Evolving Heart: How Movies Grew to Love Gays
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Still, an 11-month campaign is dreadfully long, and the unforeseen could always happen.How Rob Ford Could Win Reelection
January 3, 2014
“Black swans” are the unlikely and unforeseen events that change the world.Iranian Bombs and Black Swans in the Nuclear Negotiations
December 17, 2013
But the Camelot image as applied to the Kennedy presidency had some unfortunate and unforeseen consequences.How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK’s Death
November 12, 2013
NATO strikes to punish chemical-weapons use will not end this war and may have unforeseen consequences.Three Key Questions on Syria From Geoffrey Robertson
August 30, 2013
But, half-way in, he stopped, confounded by an unforeseen difficulty.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
This adventure had come to an unforeseen end that agreeably surprised him.Therese Raquin
But here a strange and unforeseen complication had occurred.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
Thus he determined, and thus no doubt he would have acted but for an unforeseen contingency.Mistress Wilding
He spoke with agitation which was increased by an unforeseen happening.Masterpieces of Mystery
- not seen or known beforehand; unanticipated
- (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 unforeseen
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