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[prog-nos-ti-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act of prognosticating.
  2. a forecast or prediction.

Origin of prognostication

1350–1400; Middle English pronosticacion < Medieval Latin prognōsticātiōn- (stem of prognōsticātiō). See prognosticate, -ion
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Word Origin and History for prognostication


late 14c., from Old French pronosticacion (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin *prognosticationem (nominative prognosticatio), noun of action from past participle stem of prognosticare "foretell," from Latin prognostica "sign to forecast weather," from neuter plural of Greek prognostikos "foreknowing," from progignoskein (see prognosis).

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