predictable

adjective

pre·​dict·​able pri-ˈdik-tə-bəl How to pronounce predictable (audio)
1
: capable of being predicted : able to be known, seen, or declared in advance
a predictable reaction/outcome
a very predictable plot
changes occurring at a steady and predictable rate
2
: behaving in a way that is expected
I knew he would say that. He's so predictable.
predictability noun
By comparing the projections, meteorologists can get a measure of the weather's predictability: The less agreement among the forecasts, the less predictable the weather. Richard Monastersky

Examples of predictable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The character dynamics are entirely predictable, which tends to soften the drama. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 July 2024 Maybe the trouble is that creator, showrunner, and executive producer Katie Robbins (The Affair) has had to conserve plot for a potential second season set up by a predictable finale twist. Judy Berman, TIME, 10 July 2024 And general elections are more predictable, because of partisanship. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 Four years into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an uptick in cases this summer, ahead of predictable surges in other respiratory illnesses in the coming winter months. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 7 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for predictable 

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of predictable was in 1820

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“Predictable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predictable. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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