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unpredictable

[ uhn-pri-dik-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˌʌn prɪˈdɪk tə bəl /
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adjective

not predictable; not to be foreseen or foretold: an unpredictable occurrence.

noun

something that is unpredictable: the unpredictables of life.

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Origin of unpredictable

First recorded in 1855–60; un-1 + predictable

OTHER WORDS FROM unpredictable

un·pre·dict·a·bil·i·ty, un·pre·dict·a·ble·ness, nounun·pre·dict·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unpredictable

unpredictable
/ (ˌʌnprɪˈdɪktəbəl) /

adjective

not capable of being predicted; changeable

Derived forms of unpredictable

unpredictability or unpredictableness, noununpredictably, adverb
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