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  1. an act of predicting.
  2. an instance of this; prophecy.
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Origin of prediction

1555–65; < Latin praedictiōn- (stem of praedictiō) a foretelling. See predict, -ion

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Related Words for prediction

guess, indicator, forecast, prognosis, prophecy, conjecture, hunch, horoscope, dope, augury, tip, divination, foresight, cast, prognostication, vaticination, presage, soothsaying, omen, palmistry

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British Dictionary definitions for prediction


  1. the act of predicting
  2. something predicted; a forecast, prophecy, etc
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Word Origin and History for prediction


1560s, from Middle French prédiction and directly from Medieval Latin predictionem (nominative predictio), from Latin praedictio "a foretelling," noun of action from past participle stem of praedicere (see predict).

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