Definition of predictable in English:

predictable

adjective

  • 1Able to be predicted:

    ‘the market is volatile and never predictable’
    • ‘A scientific theory of IR leads us to expect states to behave in certain predictable ways.’
    • ‘Your course is entirely predictable and can be anticipated by the predator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These were fairly predictable problems, yet he appeared not to have anticipated them at all.’
    • ‘There was a time when guests and callers were moderate and predictable in their comments.’
    • ‘It's easy to guess the inevitable response because people are genuinely predictable.’
    • ‘So, the art to urban driving, is being predictable, and being able to tell what other roads users are most likely to do.’
    • ‘It was the only surprise in an otherwise predictable annual awards ceremony announced this weekend.’
    • ‘Looking back, he sees his reaction as sadly predictable after years of psychological bullying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mother-of-one is equally prepared for predictable praise directed at her.’
    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’
      • ‘The album avoids being banal and predictable because he is not afraid to fully use his voice.’
      • ‘Though the arrangements are predictable, Staton's versatile voice is a revelation.’
      • ‘It is the dreary, predictable and inevitable question, one to which we have become accustomed.’
      • ‘The music was obvious and predictable, and the lyrics were about as feeble as I've ever heard.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They observe all the rules and expect others to do likewise, and can be very predictable.’
      • ‘The boys, Kevin and Fred, both predictable to a tee, settled for the Chicken Tikka Masala.’
      • ‘It was part of my intellectual snobbery to avoid the obvious and predictable wherever possible.’
      • ‘The Welsh-based former London Scottish man was always reliable, but predictable.’
      • ‘As usual, the awards were a mixture of the predictable and the utterly surprising.’
      • ‘There has been a predictable response from some quarters that the plan would be a violation of civil liberties.’
      • ‘All of the fight scenes follow a predictable course, with little or no surprises.’
      • ‘For the rest, the end is predictable but the initiative is always in the hands of Hamid.’
      • ‘The characters were often predictable and the dialogue almost wrote itself.’
      • ‘It began to read like a predictable novel, except that the baddies always seemed to win.’
      characteristic, in character, in keeping, to be expected, usual, normal, par for the course, true to form, true to type
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Pronunciation:

predictable

/prɪˈdɪktəb(ə)l/