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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 Alabama beat the taste from Louisiana-Monroe’s mouth in a predictably ugly 63-7 game. Michael Casagrande |, al, 18 Sep. 2022 Vice President Félix Ulloa, predictably, sees it differently. Marcos AlemÁn, ajc, 16 Sep. 2022 Democrats, predictably, gave the Biden package a ponderous name: the Inflation Reduction Act. Michael Sokolove, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2022 Like a travelling theatrical troupe that can’t afford more than a couple of sets, many of the novels bounce predictably from one place to another and back again. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 The result, painted in heavy impasto, was tiny (just 9 by 6 inches) and predictably controversial. Nick Glass, CNN, 10 Sep. 2022 The brave move by the Smolninsky District Council drew a predictably swift and unfriendly reaction. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 The icy relationship between the young woman and the stoic curate melts into an affectionate friendship and then, predictably, a fiery romance over the course of their French lessons. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 This highly unusual public display of anger at the government drew a predictably repressive response from the authorities, who cordoned off apartment blocks with fences as though the city’s inhabitants were rebelling against the policy. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of predictably

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Sep 2022

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“Predictably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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