pre·​dict·​ably | \pri-ˈdik-tə-blē \

Definition of predictably 

1 : in a manner that can be predicted works quickly and predictably

2 : as one could predict : as one would expect predictably, the politicians howled

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Fact: Until the current Doctor, all of Doctor Who's regenerations had been played by men. Fact: When Whittaker's casting was announced, a sexist subsection of the internet reacted predictably, with angry tweets and a #NotMyDoctor hashtag. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Doctor Who' Ratings Are Way Up Thanks to Jodie Whittaker, AKA the First Female Doctor Who," 9 Dec. 2018 All of this chaos has had a predictably negative effect on the company’s reputation. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "MoviePass announces yet another new pricing structure," 6 Dec. 2018 While Duchess Camilla opted for a luxe white gown and tiara like her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge was predictably stylish in her favorite Lover's Knot Tiara, pearl earrings, and a dress fit for a Disney princess. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth II Looks More Regal Than Ever at the Annual Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 Things went predictably bad for the Kings (26-55), as they were outscored 38-19 in the final period as the Spurs clinched a berth in the Western Conference playoffs. Jason Jones, sacbee, "'You have to get it on your own': Rudy Gay did just that in rallying Spurs past Kings | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 Lost in these gory details, predictably, are the hundreds of millions of dollars the couple gave to charity. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 According to a press release from the brand, Kimoji Peach and Kimoji Cherry are (predictably) fruity. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "KKW Beauty Is Launching Three New Fragrances Inspired by Kimojis in July [UPDATE]," 13 July 2018 His political existence is practically built on the willingness of the media to rise mechanically, predictably to the bait every time. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We Are a Homicidal Species," 2 Nov. 2018 Perhaps predictably, Elon Musk hasn’t been into it. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "What Tesla’s union-busting trial means for the rest of Silicon Valley," 29 Sep. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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