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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 After President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats on the Budget Committee announced an early agreement on a budget reconciliation package that includes, among other things, provisions to tackle climate change, Manchin predictably raised objections. Jeffrey Sachs, CNN, 20 July 2021 Others predictably dismiss it all as a hoax, even as the ground rumbles beneath their feet. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2021 But the largest chunk was aimed — predictably — at proving that the first Black nominee was ... not smart enough. New York Times, 14 July 2021 The coastal parts of Southern California will predictably stay cooler, with temperatures likely below 80 degrees. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Inflation might be a relatively recent concern in America, but the cost of taking the kids to the Happiest Place on Earth has been rising at a predictably rapid clip since Disney World opened its doors in 1971. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 9 July 2021 No more holidays break the succession of predictably hot days that seems to stretch in our minds until Labor Day. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Many expected this version of the Switch to support 4K video and some were hoping for a faster processor—which, predictably, has caused some grumbling. Chris Morris, Fortune, 6 July 2021 And predictably, his opinion interpreted the civil rights measure as setting a high bar for plaintiffs. David G. Savage Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of predictably

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jul 2021

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“Predictably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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