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unpredictable

  
  
If you describe someone or something as unpredictable, you mean that you cannot tell what they are going to do or how they are going to behave.      adj  
  (Antonym: predictable)   
He is utterly unpredictable., ...Britain's notoriously unpredictable weather.     
  unpredictably      adv   usu ADV with v, ADV adj  
Monthly costs can rise or fall unpredictably., ...her husband's unpredictably violent behavior to others.     
  unpredictability      n-uncount   oft with poss  
...the unpredictability of the weather.     
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unpredictable

  
  
chance, changeable, doubtful, erratic, fickle, fluky     (informal)   hit-and-miss     (informal)   hit-or-miss     (informal)   iffy     (informal)   inconstant, random, unforeseeable, unreliable, unstable, variable  
  
Antonyms     
   certain, constant, dependable, foreseeable, predictable, reliable, stable, steady, unchanging  

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exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.

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