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Origin of prediction
Words nearby prediction
What does prediction mean?
A prediction is a statement about what someone thinks will happen in the future.
People make predictions all the time. Some are very serious and are based on scientific calculations, but many are just guesses.
Example: Here’s a prediction: in 20 years, we’ll all drive less and eat a lot less meat.
Where does prediction come from?
The first records of prediction come from the mid-1500s. It comes from a Latin term that means “foretelling.” Prediction is the noun form of the verb predict, which is formed from the prefix pre-, meaning “before,” and the root dic-, meaning “to say.”
So to make a prediction is to say that something is going to happen before it happens (usually so that when it happens, you can say Called it!). People have been making predictions throughout much of human history. The Ancient Greeks believed that oracles could see the future, and relied on their predictions for certain things. But that kind of prediction is more often called a prophecy.
Today, the word prediction usually doesn’t imply mystical stuff like looking into a crystal ball. Of course, many predictions aren’t based on much (like your prediction that your team is going to win the championship). But some are. People often rely on data and scientific modeling to make predictions about important things like tomorrow’s weather, the path of a hurricane, the stock market, and who will win in a political election (in all of these examples, making such predictions can be called forecasting). But the world is complicated, and no amount of data can ensure that a prediction will be 100 percent accurate.
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What are some other forms related to prediction?
- predict (verb)
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How is prediction used in real life?
Predictions are made every day for both serious and unimportant things. They are often discussed in the context of the weather, the stock market, sports, and politics—any topic in which people are interested in what could happen in the future.
The entire political class is now making predictions about who will win. Have they learned *nothing*?
— Sian Berry (@sianberry) May 23, 2015
My prediction for today’s game Manchester United 3 – 1 Manchester city.
— RamiLechuga (@RamiLechuga) March 8, 2020
Crazy prediction: there will be no snow left in #Ottawa by the end of this week.
— Shawn Menard (@ShawnMenard1) March 8, 2020
Try using prediction!
A prediction is most concerned with events in:
A. the past
B. the present
C. the future
Example sentences from the Web for prediction
He vividly remembers Shirley Tilghman, then the president of Princeton, asking for his prediction.Meet the One Numbers-Cruncher Who Foresees Democrats Holding the Senate|Linda Killian|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As with his Serbian prediction, Paul was absolutely correct when it came to Spain: Germany lost, 1-0.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer|Emily Shire|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He soon invents the “Efram Daniels Expulsion Index (EDEI) … a hybrid futures and prediction market.”In a New Novel, Apathetic Teenagers Usher in the Apocalypse|Elliot Ackerman|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prediction: There will never, ever, ever be another David Letterman.
This week the CBO reduced that prediction by $100 billion, to $1.3 trillion.Are the CBO’s New Cost Projections the Obamacare Win That Wasn’t?|Olivia Nuzzi|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At all events, his prediction was not based upon any such precise knowledge as that of the modern astronomer.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
Prediction, therefore, of future events, was a very small part of the work of the Prophets.Ten Great Religions|James Freeman Clarke
According to Biela's prediction, the comet returned every six years and thirty-eight weeks until 1852.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year|Edwin Emerson
The prediction of the saint is accomplished in all its circumstances.The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)|John Dryden
Mr. and Mrs. Dean were relieved to find that Marjorie's prediction was not verified.Marjorie Dean|Pauline Lester