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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Recent Examples on the Web The feminist slogan from decades ago—the personal is the political—has turned out to be an accurate prediction. William A. Galston, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Remember, this is just a prediction for the Cardinals' 2021 schedule. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2021 The above is not a prediction that Ryan Turner — who committed to the Buckeyes on Wednesday — will also develop into a first-rounder. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 5 May 2021 The result was a specific prediction, relying on the contributions of many theorists, with a minuscule error bar that made a clear experimental target. Robert P. Crease, Scientific American, 2 May 2021 Also tucked into his rant was a peculiar prediction about the incoming administration. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2020 The prediction was nearly spot on, and Daytona had a no-hitter against Jupiter split between Proctor, Timpanelli, Ricky Karcher, Nick Hanson and Carson Spiers. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 27 May 2021 The prediction is that renewables such as wind and solar will reach 90% by 2040. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 26 May 2021 But even that prediction might be overly optimistic. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of prediction

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prediction was in 1561

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18 Jun 2021

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“Prediction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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