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[pri-dik-tuh-buh l] /prɪˈdɪk tə bəl/
able to be foretold or declared in advance:
New technology allows predictable weather forecasting.
expected, especially on the basis of previous or known behavior:
His complaints are so predictable.
Related forms
predictably, adverb
nonpredictable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Once we can establish a predictable pattern, we'll have a chance.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • Now there was no predictable course men could shape their actions to avoid.

  • Most of their world was predictable from what had gone before.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Of all futures, the future of literature and its professors is the least predictable.

  • If it was only a matter of smooth, predictable rates—But look at her.

    A Feast of Demons William Morrison
Word Origin and History for predictable

1820, from predict + -able. Related: Predictably, which in the sense "as could have been predicted" is attested from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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