Definition of predictable in English:



  • 1Able to be predicted.

    ‘the market is volatile and never predictable’
    • ‘Even if the story is on predictable lines, music and dialogue impart the momentum.’
    • ‘Look here Bobby, if something is inevitable then it is also predictable.’
    • ‘It was the only surprise in an otherwise predictable annual awards ceremony announced this weekend.’
    • ‘These were fairly predictable problems, yet he appeared not to have anticipated them at all.’
    • ‘It's easy to guess the inevitable response because people are genuinely predictable.’
    • ‘Your course is entirely predictable and can be anticipated by the predator.’
    • ‘The mother-of-one is equally prepared for predictable praise directed at her.’
    • ‘Looking back, he sees his reaction as sadly predictable after years of psychological bullying.’
    • ‘There was a time when guests and callers were moderate and predictable in their comments.’
    • ‘So, the art to urban driving, is being predictable, and being able to tell what other roads users are most likely to do.’
    • ‘A scientific theory of IR leads us to expect states to behave in certain predictable ways.’
    • ‘Babies are not machines and cannot be programmed how and when to behave and they are not always predictable.’
    • ‘He was always so predictable, and now he was behaving completely out of character.’
    foreseeable, expected, par for the course
    unsurprising, anticipated, probable, likely, foreseen
    formulaic, formularized, obvious
    inevitable, on the cards
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    1. 1.1derogatory Always behaving or occurring in the way expected.
      ‘the characters are stereotyped and extremely predictable’
      • ‘It is the dreary, predictable and inevitable question, one to which we have become accustomed.’
      • ‘The album avoids being banal and predictable because he is not afraid to fully use his voice.’
      • ‘For the rest, the end is predictable but the initiative is always in the hands of Hamid.’
      • ‘It began to read like a predictable novel, except that the baddies always seemed to win.’
      • ‘The characters were often predictable and the dialogue almost wrote itself.’
      • ‘The boys, Kevin and Fred, both predictable to a tee, settled for the Chicken Tikka Masala.’
      • ‘As usual, the awards were a mixture of the predictable and the utterly surprising.’
      • ‘The music was obvious and predictable, and the lyrics were about as feeble as I've ever heard.’
      • ‘They observe all the rules and expect others to do likewise, and can be very predictable.’
      • ‘All of the fight scenes follow a predictable course, with little or no surprises.’
      • ‘The Welsh-based former London Scottish man was always reliable, but predictable.’
      • ‘The plot is predictable, although the characters are a little less sweet than you might expect.’
      • ‘Many people might think that computers will always be predictable, since all they ever do is follow a program.’
      • ‘There has been a predictable response from some quarters that the plan would be a violation of civil liberties.’
      • ‘Though the arrangements are predictable, Staton's versatile voice is a revelation.’
      • ‘It was part of my intellectual snobbery to avoid the obvious and predictable wherever possible.’