from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not felt or realized beforehand; unexpected.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not foreseen; not foreknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective not foreseen.
  • adjective not expected.

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

  • adjective 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