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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not felt or realized beforehand; unexpected: unforeseen difficulties.

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  • adj. not foreseen.
  • adj. not expected.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not foreseen; not foreknown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not anticipated

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  • This one goes on my list of misused words in honor of President George W. Bush, who said, "We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."

    Ummmmm, how can one be ready for unforeseen events?

    December 14, 2006