1. of or relating to prediction: losing one's predictive power.
  2. used or useful for predicting or foretelling the future: to look for predictive signs among the stars.
  3. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for predictiveness


  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 letterspredictive texting
Derived Formspredictively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for predictiveness



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

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