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1A thing predicted; a forecast:‘a prediction that economic growth would resume’
forecast, prophecy, divination, prognosis, prognostication, augurybet, projection, conjecture, guessvaticination, prognostic, auspicationView synonyms
- ‘Londonist scoured some of the weather sites and found the following predictions.’
- ‘If rosy predictions are to come true, a change in business culture will have to occur.’
- ‘Council Tax bills could again soar over the rate of inflation, according to early predictions.’
- ‘In these terrible times one can't make many predictions with any kind of certainty.’
- ‘Both these predictions have of course been shown to be false in just a few years.’
- ‘That is why, given the poll predictions, so many papers are cheerfully endorsing the party.’
- ‘We really have no idea how many other predictions she made, or how accurate they were.’
- ‘If some radical predictions come true, the office as we know it could become something of a rarity in years to come.’
- ‘So I think all the predictions and projections everybody is making are on target.’
- ‘Well, I can see the logic, but I simply cannot imagine the predictions coming true.’
- ‘I would like to be able to talk to people more and get more feedback from them about what they think of my predictions.’
- ‘I have no doubt that Willie is right in his predictions, but will his call fall on deaf ears?’
- ‘Columnists usually only recall their predictions when they turn out correct.’
- ‘It is foolish, on the eve of the elections, to make any predictions about the results.’
- ‘Severe frost is likely over the next month or so according to weather predictions.’
- 1.1[mass noun] The action of predicting something:‘the prediction of future behaviour’
foretelling the future, forecasting the future, fortune telling, crystal-gazing, second sight, clairvoyance, prognostication, divination, soothsayingView synonyms
- ‘No doubt, you have been very impressed indeed, by my unrivalled abilities in prediction.’
- ‘Japan is the only country in the world to maintain a major research programme in earthquake prediction.’
- ‘The dangerous game of prediction separates the optimists from the pessimists.’
- ‘This approach to reading stresses the importance of prediction in the reading process.’
- ‘It is true that prediction is a difficult business, especially when it involves the future.’
- ‘Then the envelope will be opened to reveal if Paul's prediction has come true.’
- ‘With Julian's prediction in mind, the arrival of each new pupil had me aching.’
- ‘He held that these laws are nothing but computational devices for the description and prediction of phenomena.’
- ‘Although yesterday's election defied all attempts at prediction, that tradition remained.’
- ‘The example of Germany shows that reunification can come at a time and in a way that defies prediction.’
- ‘My guess is that any such precision of prediction or of control lies decades into the future.’
- ‘In 1919, the war over, he went to Liverpool and started on his life's work, tide prediction.’
- ‘For the sake of argument here, I'm going to denote a difference between understanding and prediction.’
- ‘We were totally right yesterday, so here is another prediction we expect you to trust.’
- ‘The first thing to notice is that demographers have never been much good at prediction.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin praedictio(n-), from praedicere make known beforehand (see predict).
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