pre·​dict·​ably | \ pri-ˈdik-tə-blē How to pronounce predictably (audio) \

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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The battery indicator built into the top of the tube is useful but predictably hard to read in direct sunlight. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "First look: Cowboy proves the e-bikes with removable batteries can be beautiful," 8 June 2019 And all too predictably, the member of the women's squad with the longest and most detailed biog is... the Lionesses' male coach Phil Neville. Nick Levine,, "A Ridiculous Gender Bias On Wikipedia Is Finally Being Corrected," 8 June 2019 The second rationale centers on the claim that returns are mean-reverting—that is, above-average stock or bond returns are predictably followed by below-average returns. Meir Statman, WSJ, "A Better Way to Think About Portfolio Rebalancing," 23 Sep. 2018 The guides and small groups keep to predictable trails, at predictable times, in predictably small groups, day after day. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Alaska’s Pebble Mine Somehow Just Got Worse," 11 June 2018 The film, directed by Rupert Goold, is set to be released this fall and is already (predictably) generating Oscar buzz, particularly for Zellweger's portrayal of Garland. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Renee Zellweger Is Unrecognizable as Judy Garland in the First 'Judy' Trailer," 11 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of predictably

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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