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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Both are signs that the ACA’s exchange markets are becoming increasingly stable—despite predictions of its imminent demise from all sides. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Health Law Faces Its Toughest Stress Test Yet," 1 Nov. 2018 The trend has defied the predictions of most economists. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "As joblessness falls, skilled workers might be hard to find," 23 Oct. 2018 Well, in the new Hulu series the group of friends — joined by new girl in town Violet (played by Haley Ramm) — play the game innocently enough, using a version that requires reading out predictions of how each member will die. Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, "Hulu's New Show "Light as a Feather" Is "Pretty Little Liars" Meets "The Craft"," 15 Oct. 2018 The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) publishes all fertility clinics’ IVF success rates and also has a handy online tool that offers a prediction of IVF success rates based on an individual’s medical history and age. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What's the Difference Between IVF and IUI?," 1 Oct. 2018 Experts say: Ross believe that grades are in no way a prediction of a child's success. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "QUIZ: Where Do You Stand on These Back-to-School Parenting Questions?," 23 Aug. 2018 Twitter, of course, gave vent to some wackier theories, including predictions of doom if the box were opened. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 In March, the Department of Revenue issued its Spring Revenue Forecast with a daily 2018 North Slope production prediction of 521,800. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Despite slight production dip, Alaska oil revenue grows in FY18," 13 July 2018 Animation by Goddard Space Flight Center/Cosmos Studios/NASA While the inverse cascade effect has been known for decades, a mathematical, quantitative prediction of what that final, stable flow looks like has eluded theorists. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "Flattened Fluids Help Scientists Understand Oceans and Atmospheres," 7 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


pre·​dic·​tion | \pri-ˈdik-shən \

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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