- to forecast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs; prophesy.
- to foretoken; presage: birds prognosticating spring.
- to make a forecast; prophesy.
Origin of prognosticate
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Examples from the Web for prognosticator
One Washington prognosticator, however, stands above the rest.Dick Morris: World's Worst Political Pundit?
August 9, 2012
Two suns shone in the sky, prognosticator of still deeper frost.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
It seems to me that the examiner should be an exceedingly able diagnostician and prognosticator.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
The prognosticator in these cases is deceived, because he is solely directed by the order of his indices.A Morning's Walk from London to Kew
This pretty spotted little beetle was used formerly in the neighbourhood of Llanidloes as a prognosticator of the weather.Welsh Folk-Lore
A small sea-fowl which the natives of the Western Isles of Scotland trust in, as a prognosticator of the weather.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- to foretell (future events) according to present signs or indications; prophesy
- (tr) to foreshadow or portend
Word Origin and History for prognosticator
1550s, agent noun in Latin form from prognosticate.
early 15c., a back-formation from prognostication and also from Medieval Latin prognosticatus, past participle of prognosticare (see prognostication). Related: Prognosticated; prognosticating.
- To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell.