pred·​i·​ca·​ble | \ ˈpre-di-kə-bəl How to pronounce predicable (audio) \

Definition of predicable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that may be predicated especially : one of the five most general kinds of attribution in traditional logic that include genus, species, difference, property, and accident



Definition of predicable (Entry 2 of 2)

: capable of being asserted

Examples of predicable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now that the predicable has to come to pass, let’s discuss the facts. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "#AltonSterling: Officers Attempted ‘Lawful Arrest,’ Says Louisiana Attorney General; No Criminal Charges Will Be Filed," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While this storm is pretty predicable, the impact of bigger geomagnetic events can be tough to figure out. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Earthlings: There’s No Need to Freak Out About Tonight’s Solar Storm," 14 Mar. 2018 After a former student armed with an AR-15 assault rifle allegedly murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, adult politicians offered predicable responses. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Adults Offered 'Thoughts and Prayers' After the Florida School Shooting. But the Students Who Survived Want Action," 16 Feb. 2018 That was the day the Wall Street Journal published a stunning article about the president of the United States that had the all-too-predicable effect of stunning absolutely no one. Will Bunch,, "The Year of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Why Trump Fatigue makes 2018 so dangerous | Will Bunch," 25 Jan. 2018 When asked about a church in Virginia that recently removed plaques honoring parishioners George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Kelly gave a predicable answer about not holding historical figures by the standards of today. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "After Mueller Indictments, John Kelly Revives Civil War, Gold Star Phone Call Controversies," 31 Oct. 2017 Beyond the tired clichés and the coach’s predicable rallying cry, there were 53 faces that bore out their sorry reality. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: The week that buried the Colts' 2017 season," 22 Oct. 2017 Shotguns, sniper rifles, grenades, machine guns, tanks, airplanes, and lots of explosions filled out a predicable-yet-sexy reveal for the latest in Activision’s long-running sales blockbuster. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man closes out PlayStation E3 presser with web-slinging awesomeness," 13 June 2017 The Article 50 judgment from the High Court: a political bombshell but really rather predicable as a matter of constitutional law. Stephen Castle And Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "‘Brexit’ Will Require a Vote in Parliament, U.K. Court Rules," 3 Nov. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'predicable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of predicable


1551, in the meaning defined above


1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for predicable


Medieval Latin praedicabile, from neuter of praedicabilis


Medieval Latin praedicabilis, from Late Latin praedicare to predicate

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about predicable

Statistics for predicable

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for predicable

The first known use of predicable was in 1547

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on predicable

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with predicable Encyclopedia article about predicable

Comments on predicable

What made you want to look up predicable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!