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[pri-dik-tuh-buh l]
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  1. able to be foretold or declared in advance: New technology allows predictable weather forecasting.
  2. expected, especially on the basis of previous or known behavior: His complaints are so predictable.
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Related formspre·dict·a·bly, adverbnon·pre·dict·a·ble, adjective
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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.


    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.

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