unpredictable

adjective
un·​pre·​dict·​able | \ ˌən-pri-ˈdik-tə-bəl How to pronounce unpredictable (audio) \

Definition of unpredictable

: not predictable: such as
a : not able to be known or declared in advance unpredictable weather
b : tending to behave in ways that cannot be predicted an unpredictable boss

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Other Words from unpredictable

unpredictably \ ˌən-​pri-​ˈdik-​tə-​blē How to pronounce unpredictably (audio) \ adverb
changes that occur unpredictably
unpredictability \ ˌən-​pri-​ˌdik-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unpredictability (audio) \ noun
the unpredictability of the weather

Examples of unpredictable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees on July 23 to launch what should be a weird, unpredictable 60-game season, The New York Post reports. TheWeek, "MLB is reportedly planning to relaunch its season with a very enticing matchup," 27 June 2020 The Reign could still make it to the playoffs due to the unpredictable nature of this tournament. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "National Women's Soccer League returns: What to know before tournament kicks off," 26 June 2020 Democrats are attempting to honor their commitment to hold as much of the event in Milwaukee as possible, given the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scaled-back Democratic National Convention overhauled as state delegates no longer traveling to Milwaukee, event moved out of Fiserv Forum," 25 June 2020 Democrats are attempting to honor their commitment to hold as much of the event in Milwaukee as possible, given the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Glauber, USA TODAY, "DNC announces sweeping changes to convention, but Biden will still accept nomination in Milwaukee," 24 June 2020 The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone service and marked by unpredictable weather and at-times swollen rivers. NBC News, "'Into the Wild' bus removed from Alaska backcountry for public safety," 19 June 2020 The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone service and marked by unpredictable weather and at-times swollen rivers. Time, "Officials Remove Into the Wild Bus From Alaska Backcountry, Citing Public Safety Concerns," 19 June 2020 Ronen also said the board will avoid holding hearings that would draw large crowds for now — though in a city as unpredictable as ours, good luck with that. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 9," 19 June 2020 The risk was thought to be too large, too unpredictable to quantify. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of unpredictable

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpredictable was in 1840

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unpredictable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpredictable. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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unpredictable

adjective
How to pronounce unpredictable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unpredictable

: not capable of being known before happening or being done
: not always behaving in a way that is expected

unpredictable

adjective
un·​pre·​dict·​able | \ ˌən-pri-ˈdik-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unpredictable

: impossible to predict The king was a completely unpredictable tyrant.— Brian Jacques, Redwall

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