pre·​dic·​tive pri-ˈdik-tiv How to pronounce predictive (audio)
: of, relating to, or usable or valuable for prediction
predictive medical factors
: 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
predictively adverb
Like an astrological chart, it can be made to fit any case, and it works better retrospectively than predictively. Carol Tavris

Examples of predictive in a Sentence

unfortunately, the stock market crash of 1929 turned out to be a predictive event, for the next decade was consumed by the Great Depression
Recent Examples on the Web Until April, typing certain letters into Craigslist’s search bar would prompt predictive text suggestions for a variety of drug terms. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 Hurricane forecasters these days have an array of high-tech tools to determine where storms are bound, everything from satellites and drones to computer models that crunch constantly changing atmospheric data into predictive algorithms. Claire Grunewald, Miami Herald, 5 June 2024 Mueller says the firm is particularly focused on tabular data, like predictive analysis for financial data that’s organized in rows and columns. John Kell, Fortune, 29 May 2024 Its most potent intelligence use will be in predictive analysis, believes Rhombus Power’s CEO, Anshu Roy. Frank Bajak, Fortune, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for predictive 

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Word History

First Known Use

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of predictive was in 1637

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“Predictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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