pre·​dic·​tion | \ pri-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce prediction (audio) \

Definition of prediction

1 : an act of predicting
2 : something that is predicted : forecast

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Examples of prediction in a Sentence

Journalists have begun making predictions about the winner of the coming election. Despite predictions that the store would fail, it has done very well. The figures and statistics are used for the prediction of future economic trends.
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If the prediction is true, that means Harry and Meghan's firstborn will share a birthday with cousin Princess Charlotte, whom Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed to the family on May 2nd, 2015. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Could Share a Birthday with Princess Charlotte," 15 Oct. 2018 One hurdle for Conley is that draft predictions are hardly a science. Michael Mccann,, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 The highest rain predictions in Massachusetts are in the Taunton area, where 1.13 inches are expected. Felicia Gans,, "Here’s where today’s thunderstorms could strike," 6 July 2018 Some predictions were wild, others were surprisingly accurate. The Economist, "Ceasefires in South Sudan seldom last," 5 July 2018 Roughly 2½ months into the season, those predictions have been fairly accurate. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "In a year full of disappointing 1Bs, Paul Goldschmidt finally starting to heat up," 12 June 2018 Reuters understates the matter: Economic predictions are no more reliable than Super Bowl ones. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Fears of the Next Recession," 30 May 2018 But Capitol Hill's dysfunction is so pervasive that even the most optimistic predictions are for only a handful of the 12 annual spending bills to make it into law by Oct. 1, the start of the new budget year. Andrew Taylor,, "Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown," 27 May 2018 By 2025, global predictions are that as many as 50 percent of all current jobs could be able to be performed by some version of robotics or artificial intelligence, known as AI. Phil Blair,, "Robots are coming for your job, so make sure you’re smarter," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of prediction

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prediction

: a statement about what will happen or might happen in the future
: the act of saying what will happen in the future : the act of predicting something


pre·​dic·​tion | \ pri-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce prediction (audio) \

Kids Definition of prediction

1 : an act of saying what will or might happen in the future prediction of earthquakes
2 : a statement about what will or might happen in the future a weather prediction

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