Unforeseeability vs Foreseeability - What's the difference?

unforeseeability | foreseeability | Antonyms |

Unforeseeability is an antonym of foreseeability.

As nouns the difference between unforeseeability and foreseeability

is that unforeseeability is inability to be predicted or anticipated while foreseeability is the state or characteristic of being foreseeable; predictability.




  • Inability to be predicted or anticipated.
  • * 2003 May 28, Jim Porter, " Making sense of the rules of law," www.sierrasun.com (retrieved 20 Sep. 2011):
  • An Indiana appellate court, affirming a lower court’s decision, dismissed the suit, for reasons that include the unforeseeability of the accident.
  • * 2009 Dec. 6, , " A Victim’s Daughter Takes the Cellphone Industry to Court," New York Times (retrieved 20 Sep. 2011):
  • No man is responsible for that which no man can control. (The unforeseeability defense).
  • * 2009 , Bert Olivier, Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Theory: Collected Essays , ISBN 9783039119011, pp. 139-140:
  • This is what Derrida calls the ‘messianic’ structure of experience. . . the tacit possibility that the ‘other’ (or otherness) may surprise one. . . . [T]he very structure of experience exhibits this unforeseeability .

    Usage notes

    * Often used in contexts involving matters of law.




  • The state or characteristic of being foreseeable; predictability.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2007, date=February 6, author=Danny Hakim, title=Two Misdemeanor Charges in Lake George Capsizing, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=In terms of criminal negligence, there clearly wasn’t the foreseeability that there may be in civil negligence.}}


    * unforeseeability