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[pri-dik-tiv] /prɪˈdɪk tɪv/
of or relating to prediction:
losing one's predictive power.
used or useful for predicting or foretelling the future:
to look for predictive signs among the stars.
being an indication of the future or of future conditions:
a cold wind predictive of snow.
Origin of predictive
First recorded in 1650-60, predictive is from the Late Latin word praedictīvus foretelling. See predict, -ive
Related forms
predictively, adverb
predictiveness, noun
nonpredictive, adjective
unpredictive, adjective
unpredictively, adverb Unabridged
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  • Shall is simply predictive; will is predictive and promissive as well.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • No doubt their predictive knowledge is general, it is of the issue to which things tend.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • Besides her faith in her predictive dreams was by no means fixed.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
  • The second and third persons are expressed by the predictive verb shall.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • They do most of the prep in the vans and use a lot of predictive math in their routing.


    Cory Doctorow
  • Those who believe in the predictive power of dreams regard them as messages from God or as products of telepathy.

British Dictionary definitions for predictive


of, relating to, or making predictions
(text messaging) (of mobile phone technology) enabling mobile phones to predict the word being entered in a text message from the first few letters: predictive texting
Derived Forms
predictively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for predictive

1650s, from Late Latin praedictivus, from praedict-, past participle stem of praedicere (see predict).

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