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[prog-nos-ti-key-shuh n] /prɒgˌnɒs tɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of prognosticating.
a forecast or prediction.
Origin of prognostication
1350-1400; Middle English pronosticacion < Medieval Latin prognōsticātiōn- (stem of prognōsticātiō). See prognosticate, -ion Unabridged
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  • The doctor's prognostication in reference to the weather was speedily verified.

  • It was in the hands of God, and prognostication could only be vain and unprofitable.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • Roger heard distant cheers, and knew that his prognostication that the end had not yet come was correct.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • The prognostication of my friend had proved emphatically false.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • The next topic Levi ben Gerson takes up is that of prognostication.

  • “Edna will be all right with me to-morrow,” she said to herself; and she was right in her prognostication.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The efforts of the priest were accordingly directed towards this end—the prognostication of the future.

  • All three now looked through the hole to test the truth of the prognostication.

    The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy
  • The gardener's prognostication about the weather had been verified: it had turned to heat—heavy, misty, vaporous, 257 dull heat.

    The Dead Secret Wilkie Collins
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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