Definition of prognostication in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of prophesying future events.

    ‘an unprecedented amount of soul-searching and prognostication’
    • ‘Returning to the print realm for some final prognostication, one might wonder what the future holds.’
    • ‘Compared with their other bizarre predictions and otherwise miserable record of prognostication, this is a minor failing.’
    • ‘Astrology gained in status during the Gupta period and moved beyond mere prognostication of birthmarks and foretelling of the future by interpretation of dreams and facial features.’
    • ‘Yes, political prognostication and economic forecasting share the same occupational hazard of over-extrapolating from a few months of data.’
    • ‘As part of your prognostication I would like to ask about the installations of network attached storage and storage area networking devices.’
    • ‘Was this the case of premature prognostication?’
    • ‘Given the greater reliance on biopsy techniques to establish an initial histopathologic diagnosis, prognostication will depend on maximal extraction of information from small biopsy samples.’
    • ‘Most Stoics welcomed all forms of prognostication, for gaining knowledge of the future enabled the soul to accept its destiny, and astrology was especially favoured as demonstrating the harmony of the universe.’
    • ‘As you can see, prognostication is a dangerous game.’
    • ‘Surgery allows the complete excision of a tumour and lymph nodes and full histological examination for staging, which has implications for prognostication and assessing the need for adjuvant radiotherapy.’
    • ‘I accede to your uncanny powers of prognostication.’
    • ‘According to some expert prognostication on the Web, the king of natural resources may, once again, be consumed and wasted in spectacular wildfires.’
    • ‘Your accurate prognostication has spanned relationships, business transactions, even the fickle weather.’
    • ‘These elements make the approaching season all the more exciting, while providing prognostication - an inexact science in the best of times - with intriguing possibilities.’
    • ‘I'm not in the business of prognostication, so, I don't know what the history books will say.’
    • ‘Our focus here is analysis and commentary rather than prognostication.’
    • ‘This description of ‘what is to take place hereafter’ is not a prognostication of events in any distant future but a declaration of what is right around the comer, the certain consequences of present conduct.’
    • ‘Around this time in every midterm election cycle, the vultures of political prognostication begin hovering over incumbents in trouble.’
    • ‘One of my journalistic interests is finance, and I collect errors in financial prognostication.’
    • ‘It was white and blank, an enticement for cartographical prognostication.’
    estimate, forecast, prediction, calculation, prognosis, reckoning, expectation
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    1. 1.1count noun A prophecy.
      ‘these gloomy prognostications proved to be unfounded’
      • ‘Ever since, my prognostications seemed wrong.’
      • ‘It's an optimistic and hopeful prognostication of the future.’
      • ‘If you've got some last minute prognostications or thoughts on the subject, now is the time to spit them out so you can appear to be astute and prescient later on.’
      • ‘For all the attention lavished on polls, prognostications and policy positions, a presidential campaign measures, most of all, the mettle and maturity of the candidates.’
      • ‘The restoration of the handsome houses surrounding the square in the years since Samuel's dire prognostication is a heartening instance of a glorious architectural and sociological renaissance.’
      • ‘So with these caveats in mind, I am willing to make a couple of straightforwardly vague prognostications.’
      • ‘Better still, stick to facts if your prognostications are prone to throw gas on a fire of rumor-mongering and doomsaying.’
      • ‘I've been interviewing some experts and I'll have their prognostications up in a little bit.’
      • ‘As academic life grew more removed from the convention, the prognostications became self-fulfilling prophecies.’
      • ‘Experts scurried to explain their errant prognostications, which had asserted that the race would be too close to call.’
      • ‘Two possible scenarios could upset their prognostications.’
      • ‘I particularly like the prognostication about future market consolidation.’
      • ‘Let's discuss that and not the prognostications of the modern entrail-readers of the opinion poll industrial complex.’
      • ‘Although we have hesitated to stake our own success on prognostications for 2003, I am not optimistic on either of these two counts.’
      • ‘Their match had almost been epic, but there was little time to sit back and enjoy it as the euphoria of the victory was soon replaced by prognostications about the final.’
      • ‘He points to the gloomy prognostications after Hurricane Andrew and 9 / 11.’
      • ‘When we continue, the editors of the nation's leading business magazines will join us for their thoughts on the week's developments and give us their best prognostication about what we can expect in the week ahead.’
      • ‘I apologize and pledge not to utter foolish prognostications ever again.’
      • ‘Experience has made me skeptical of physicians' pronouncements and prognostications, especially about people with disabilities.’
      • ‘Have the floors of our nation's television studios ever been more littered by dishonored prognostications than in the past twenty-four months?’
      prediction, forecast, prophecy, divination, prognosis, projection
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Late Middle English: from Old French prognosticacion, from medieval Latin prognosticatio(n-), from the verb prognosticare (see prognosticate).