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The facility to perceive, know in advance, or reasonably anticipate that damage or injury will probably ensue from acts or omissions.

In the law of Negligence, the foreseeability aspect of proximate cause—the event which is the primary cause of the injury—is established by proof that the actor, as a person of ordinary intelligence and circumspection, should reasonably have foreseen that his or her negligent act would imperil others, whether by the event that transpired or some similar occurrence, and regardless of what the actor surmised would happen in regard to the actual event or the manner of causation of injuries.


n. reasonable anticipation of the possible results of an action, such as what may happen if one is negligent or consequential damages resulting a from breach of a contract. (See: foreseeable risk, negligence)

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The criteria to determine the severity of the sentence as per the new policy also include the degree of culpability exhibited by the accused, the extent of the accused's deviation from the norm of reasonable conduct, the foreseeability of the consequences and the actual consequence of the accused's negligence.
I may be displaying my ignorance of criminal law here, but is the whole issue of foreseeability not one of fact, as much as one of pure law - one on which an average juror should be capable of making an assessment?
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