One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
State a fact about the past based on inference or deduction, rather than evidence.
- ‘On the other hand, the ‘theory of moves,’ which is founded on game theory but radically changes its standard rules of play, does retrodict, or make past predictions of, the leaders' choices.’
- ‘The observation fitted a prediction of the theory, rather than the theory retrodicting an already observed phenomena.’
- ‘The only measure of success here is how well the models retrodict climate.’
1940s: on the pattern of predict.
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