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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

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Jenner did, however, share the other two moisturizers in her routine, and both are predictably luxurious. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kris Jenner's Three Favorite Face Creams Include a "Top Secret" Moisturizer," 3 May 2019 The crowd was predictably biased against Butler, whose disinterest in staying with Minnesota triggered the trade that sent him to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "In Butler’s return, 76ers top Wolves 118-109," 30 Mar. 2019 Current and former members of the administration were predictably huffy. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Is the Michelle Wolf White House Correspondents' Dinner Backlash All About Gender?," 29 Apr. 2018 But the president’s own, predictably unpredictable routine is unlikely to work much better. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Reality Distortion Field Could be a Huge Asset for Democrats This Fall," 28 Apr. 2018 Although Morocco has garnered predictably strong African support, the United Bid has aimed to pick off countries on the continent, such as South Africa. Steven Goff,, "North America is confident ahead of 2026 World Cup vote: 'We have a path to victory'," 11 June 2018 Their plan to pose as Chinese envoys very predictably fails, especially since the Shogun appears to be pulling a Bernard and leaking cortical fluid out of his ears., "Westworld Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Maeve vs. Dolores," 21 May 2018 Getty Images At a rally at Winthrop University in South Carolina, then-candidate Donald Trump's speech turned, predictably, to the topic of Syrian refugees. Kate Storey, Marie Claire, "Meet the Muslim-American Woman Who Dared to Stand Up at a Trump Rally—and Was Escorted Out the Door," 10 Jan. 2016 Russia will appear in the World Cup quarterfinals after shocking Spain in the round of 16 on penalty kicks on Sunday–and the thousands of fans at Moscow's watch party outside of the Luzhniki Stadium predictably went nuts. Scooby Axson,, "WATCH: Russian Fans Go Wild After World Cup Upset of Spain in PKs," 1 July 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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