pre·dic·tion | \pri-ˈdik-shən \

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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The jokes, groans and eye-rolls started on Twitter even before the announcement - replete with tongue-in-cheek casting predictions. Travis M. Andrews,, "The Thai cave rescue is being made into a movie. As Hollywood's history shows, this was inevitable," 13 July 2018 That’s a tough prediction to get behind, at least according to Eileen Appelbaum from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a left-leaning think tank. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Tuesday, July 10," 10 July 2018 At its core, ML is the practice of using algorithms to parse data, learn from it, and then make a determination or prediction based on that data. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 Those severe warnings, dire predictions and danger — beware this is not good for your health — words don’t really work, according to Professor Leslie John of Harvard Business School. Neil Senturia,, "Why don't we heed risk warnings?," 9 July 2018 However, this real-world event allows us to exercise our capabilities and gives some confidence our impact prediction models are adequate to respond to the potential impact of a larger object. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "For Just 2nd Time Ever, Meteor Hunters Recover Chunks of Rock They Tracked From Space," 9 July 2018 Flynn’s prediction with her first novel—that stories about women being hurt and hurting would resonate in popular culture—has become all too true. Vogue, "Is Sharp Objects the Next Big Little Lies?," 3 July 2018 But its usage, driven mostly by demand for gasoline, remained 10 percent below the 2005 peak, aligning with recent predictions gasoline will soon be displaced as a main driver of crude demand worldwide. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 The company predicts the killer's physical appearance based on DNA analysis, then creates composites from those predictions. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram, "He worked to steer troubled youths from crime, but Ray Hernandez died a murder victim," 2 July 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


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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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