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Definition of predictably

1 : in a manner that can be predicted works quickly and predictably
2 : as one could predict : as one would expect His reaction was predictably negative. From the beginning, we fell predictably into familiar student roles.— Alexandra Fuller Predictably, Southern's fans were not pleased.— Andrew Marantz

Examples of predictably in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group said the commission should not pick winners and losers in the energy industry, and is predictably frustrated that its products would be left out of the 100% clean-energy goal. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona regulators may impose big boost in energy requirements — 100% clean energy by 2050," 31 July 2020 Environmental groups predictably denounced the initiative. Richard A. Epstein, WSJ, "Trump Helps the Environment by Enraging Environmentalists," 30 July 2020 Assistant coaches from Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina all predictably fall within the top four spots. Mike Rodak |, al, "How foster care, adoption changed path of Tide’s top basketball recruiter," 13 July 2020 After gambling on holding a vote in the midst of a pandemic, Singapore’s ruling party predictably won general elections — but with one of the smallest vote shares in the party’s history, and conceded a historic number of seats to the opposition. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Singapore ruling party holds on to supermajority, but with historic losses," 11 July 2020 The cabin is predictably close to the interior of any other high-end X7. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Alpina XB7 Throws a Three-Ton Haymaker," 10 July 2020 The policy is predictably scattered, marked by generalisations and conspiracy theories alike (remind you of someone?), but the part that’s most disturbing to me is his flawed understanding of T’Challa’s Wakanda. Ineye Komonibo,, "Wakanda Is Absolutely Not The Place Kanye West Thinks It Is," 9 July 2020 However, the push for police reform has predictably divided the legislature along party lines. Todd Defeo, Washington Examiner, "How will Ohio lawmakers tackle police reform?," 8 July 2020 Well, regardless, the usual routine of Zoom meetings, Skype calls and deadlines has predictably returned. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Covid-19 trials are marked by disorganization; FDA approves a new type of HIV treatment," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of predictably

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Aug 2020

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“Predictably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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