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protams (def. protamais; adv. protami)

  1. which can or should be known; indefinite present passive participle of prast 
  2. (used as a particle) of course, no doubt; used to show that what was said is known, easy to see, or true
    par dāvanu, protams, zēns priecājāsthe boy was happy, of course, about the present (= gift)
    klausitāju, protams, bija daudzthere were, of course, many listeners
    protams, ziemai jāsagatavojas jau laikusof course, one must prepare in advance for the winter