unpredictable UK US /ˌʌnprɪˈdɪktəbl/ adjective
if something is unpredictable, it is likely to change suddenly and unexpectedly, so cannot be planned for: »

To protect it from the unpredictable nature of software sales, the company has adopted a new business model.

unpredictable effects/events/factors »

Unpredictable events can have a huge impact on bond values.


It is a very unpredictable market.


The turmoil on Wall Street is emblematic of how the credit mess is spreading in unpredictable ways.


an unpredictable outcome/result

Compare PREDICTABLE(Cf. predictable)
unpredictability noun [U]

Stocks carry more risks than bonds because of the unpredictability of corporate profits.

unpredictably adverb

When share prices go up and down unpredictably, investors tend to sit on their hands.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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