Definition of predictable in English:



  • 1Able to be predicted.

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