pre·​dict·​ably pri-ˈdik-tə-blē How to pronounce predictably (audio)
: in a manner that can be predicted
works quickly and predictably
: 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 Both parties confirm that some altercations turned from verbal to physical as tempers flared — though the question of instigation leads to predictably contrasting responses. Ben Croll, Variety, 15 Apr. 2024 Trump, whose only ideology is opportunism, has been predictably all over the map on the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2024 Well, what happens when this obviously and very predictably identifies someone incorrectly? Leah Feiger, WIRED, 11 Apr. 2024 Israel should not approve strikes that will predictably kill more than 100 civilians for limited military gain. Phil Klay, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 These predictably come with blockers to lock them at 50% for a shallower input, ideal for FPS games. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The backlash to her performance was swift and predictably racist. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2024 The Angels were, predictably, a complete trainwreck last season. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2024 For example, flipping a coin 1,000 times will predictably yield close to 500 heads and 500 tails. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of predictably was in 1914

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“Predictably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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