Definition of unforeseeable in English:



  • Not able to be anticipated or predicted.

    ‘too many unforeseeable political consequences could arise from such a decision’
    • ‘This will include the sale of thousands of public dwellings, with unforeseeable consequences for tenants.’
    • ‘How much money has been poured into Iraq to date and will continue to be spent in the unforeseeable future and could this money have been better spent on front line services or pensions?’
    • ‘Exactly where the repercussions from that impact will take us is unforeseeable but the general direction is predictable.’
    • ‘After gathering their belongings, they went out of the room and exited from the back door into their unforeseeable future.’
    • ‘We need keen intellects and educated minds to weigh decisions that could mean life or death to millions and dictate the unforeseeable future.’
    • ‘Working parts permitting communication would over time have undergone an unforeseeable decomposition, thus endangering the future of the capsule itself.’
    • ‘Such interference might produce unforeseeable and harmful consequences on brain development or other aspects of the body's growth.’
    • ‘What effects it may have on mainstream media is at the moment unforeseeable.’
    • ‘Whoever seeks to export such a system has to be aware of the unforeseeable consequences this model can have in an unknown environment.’
    • ‘The purchaser has accepted the risk of any deviation attributable to factors which were unforeseeable, unknown or incalculable at the time of the forecast.’
    • ‘So, barring a major surprise like another terrorist attack or some unforeseeable setback in Iraq, the President's numbers will probably move up again soon.’
    • ‘She expressed concern, however, that circumstances may change at some time in the unforeseeable future.’
    • ‘They know there will be unforeseen and unforeseeable consequences to occupying Iraq, and they know that the rest of the world will disagree.’
    • ‘The only possible threats that can emerge are anonymous forces that are absolutely unforeseeable and incalculable.’
    • ‘To what extent should you bear responsibility for the unintended, unforeseeable consequences of your actions?’
    • ‘In such systems, practically undetectable events may spiral into vast and unforeseeable consequences.’
    • ‘Just as we do not downgrade an action because it has unforeseeable bad consequences, so we do not downgrade a belief because it is based on something that the believer had no reason to question.’
    • ‘‘During a year which has thrown unforeseeable difficulties in the way of all tourism businesses, the city has fought back against amazing odds,’ she added.’
    • ‘He confesses he writes prose poems in order to get away from himself, ‘to embark on an adventure of unforeseeable consequences’.’
    • ‘Of course, whether there will be high points or not in the future depends on unforeseeable external developments.’
    uncertain, unsure, unsettled, up in the air, debatable, open to question, in doubt, doubtful, unpredictable, incalculable, speculative
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