of or relating to prediction: losing one's predictive power.
used or useful for predicting or foretelling the future: to look for predictive signs among the stars.
being an indication of the future or of future conditions: a cold wind predictive of snow.

Origin of predictive

First recorded in 1650–60, predictive is from the Late Latin word praedictīvus foretelling. See predict, -ive
Related formspre·dic·tive·ly, adverbpre·dic·tive·ness, nounnon·pre·dic·tive, adjectiveun·pre·dic·tive, adjectiveun·pre·dic·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for predictive

foreboding, prognostic, anticipating, conjecturing, divining

Examples from the Web for predictive

Contemporary Examples of predictive

Historical Examples of predictive

  • Shall is simply predictive; will is predictive and promissive as well.

  • No doubt their predictive knowledge is general, it is of the issue to which things tend.

    Lux Mundi


  • Besides her faith in her predictive dreams was by no means fixed.

    Money Magic

    Hamlin Garland

  • The second and third persons are expressed by the predictive verb shall.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • They do most of the prep in the vans and use a lot of predictive math in their routing.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for predictive



of, relating to, or making predictions
text messaging (of mobile phone technology) enabling mobile phones to predict the word being entered in a text message from the first few letterspredictive texting
Derived Formspredictively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for predictive

1650s, from Late Latin praedictivus, from praedict-, past participle stem of praedicere (see predict).

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