predictable

If you can predict it, I predict you'll call it predictable. In other words, anything that you can see or know before it happens is predictable.

When she got out the fine china early in Act I, you could just tell the stuff would be smashed in Act III. It was all too predictable. Given the facts of their lives, the end of their relationship was predictable: he was married, and so was she, but not to each other. The roots of the word are fun to analyze: pre- means "before," dict means "to say," and able means, well, "able." Put them together, and you'll see that predictable means "able to be said before (it happens)" or, simply, something you know of before it happens.

DEFINITIONS OF: predictable

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adj capable of being foretold

Synonyms
certain, sure
certain to occur; destined or inevitable
foreseeable
capable of being anticipated
inevitable
invariably occurring or appearing
Antonyms:
unpredictable
not capable of being foretold
uncertain
not certain to occur; not inevitable
aleatory
dependent on chance
capricious, freakish
changeable
episodic, occasional
occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals
unforeseeable
incapable of being anticipated
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