[ pri-dik-tiv ]
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  1. of or relating to prediction: The predictive power of the software is its ability to analyze relationships in the data at a speed and on a scale not previously possible.

  2. used or useful for predicting or foretelling the future: Astrologers look for predictive signs among the stars.

  1. being an indication of the future or of future conditions: The cold wind was predictive of snow.

  2. Digital Technology. relating to or being computer or smartphone software that uses the text just entered in a message or document to suggest words that may be wanted next: There's a combination of artificial intelligence and special algorithms in the code that makes the predictive text happen.

Origin of predictive

First recorded in 1630–40; from Late Latin praedictīvus “foretelling”; see predict, -ive

Other words from predictive

  • pre·dic·tive·ly, adverb
  • pre·dic·tive·ness, noun
  • non·pre·dic·tive, adjective
  • un·pre·dic·tive, adjective
  • un·pre·dic·tive·ly, adverb

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How to use predictive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for predictive


/ (prɪˈdɪktɪv) /

  1. of, relating to, or making predictions

  2. text messaging (of mobile phone technology) enabling mobile phones to predict the word being entered in a text message from the first few letters: predictive texting

Derived forms of predictive

  • predictively, adverb

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