it remains to be seen

it remains to be seen

Something is not yet clear, certain, or known. We can see for ourselves the disaster's immediate impact, but it remain to be seen what the long-term environmental effects will be. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the president's popularity on other issues will carry over into this more controversial endeavor.
See also: remains, seen

it remains to be seen

COMMON If you say it remains to be seen, you mean that nobody knows what will happen or whether something will happen. It still remains to be seen what kind of after-effects she will suffer in the future. It remains to be seen whether her parliamentary colleagues will agree.
See also: remains, seen

it remains to be seen

something is not yet known or certain.
1996 Scientific American It remains to be seen how well Russian and U.S. spacefarers will work together…in the more demanding environment of a space station under construction.
See also: remains, seen
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