[ pri-dik-ter ]
/ prɪˈdɪk tər /


a person or thing that predicts.
Mathematics. a formula for determining additional values or derivatives of a function from the relationship of its given values.

Nearby words

  1. predictable,
  2. prediction,
  3. predictive,
  4. predictive value,
  5. predictively,
  6. predictory,
  7. predigest,
  8. predikant,
  9. predilection,
  10. predispose

Origin of predictor

From the Medieval Latin word praedictor, dating back to 1645–55. See predict, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for predictor


/ (prɪˈdɪktə) /


a person or thing that predicts
an instrument, used in conjunction with an anti-aircraft gun, that determines the speed, distance, height, and direction of hostile aircraft
statistics a more modern term for independent variable
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Word Origin and History for predictor



1650s, from Medieval Latin praedictor, agent noun from praedicere (see predict). Statistical sense is from 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper