pre·​dic·​tive | \ pri-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce predictive (audio) \

Definition of predictive

1 : of, relating to, or usable or valuable for prediction predictive medical factors
2 : based on or generated by using methods of prediction predictive models predictive text Usually predictive policing refers to feeding reams of city data into a computer and dispatching extra officers to areas that are deemed to be at high risk of future crime.— Leon Neyfakh

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predictively adverb
Like an astrological chart, it can be made to fit any case, and it works better retrospectively than predictively. — Carol Tavris

First Known Use of predictive

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of predictive

formal : making it possible to predict what will happen : useful in the prediction of something

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