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Definition of prognostication

1 : an indication in advance : foretoken
2a : an act, the fact, or the power of prognosticating : forecast

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Examples of prognostication in a Sentence

the complete fulfillment of his prognostication surprised even him at the sight of the brooding mansion, her prognostications of ill fortune grew stronger

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FanGraphs’ preseason prediction: 84–78. Accurately guessing the final stop for the runaway train that is the Mets might be both the most impressive bit of prognostication possible and the most perfect example of how water inevitably finds its level. Jon Tayler,, "MLB Power Rankings: How Close Have Teams Performed to Their Preseason Projections?," 22 Aug. 2019 But while most of the prognostication has focused on Trump, a recession would have an enormous effect on both the ongoing 2020 race and, potentially, the next Democratic administration. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Do Democrats Have a Plan for the Next Recession?," 16 Aug. 2019 Her prognostication: The hoop-earring and multiple-piercing trends that litter social media will fade, setting the stage for the button’s return. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Jackie Kennedy’s Favorite Earrings Are Back," 10 July 2019 It was bound to happen: These two models represent the extremes in public prognostication. Quanta Magazine, "Why (Almost) Everyone Was Wrong," 9 Nov. 2016 Given the prestige and preseason prognostications for both teams, and that both are nearing a return to full health, the series will welcome an unusual amount of attention for one in mid-June. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Several Astros set to make Yankee Stadium debuts," 21 June 2019 There are other approaches to prognostication, some of which bleed into managing the overall operation of the plant itself. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things," 18 June 2019 There is a ritual groundhog prognostication with a polka band, just like in the film. Christopher Borrelli,, "Woodstock celebrates 25 years of living 'Groundhog Day' over and over," 2 Feb. 2018 In the messy world of stock-market prognostication, that is statistically significant. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "The Eight Best Predictors of the Long-Term Market," 5 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of prognostication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prognostication

formal : a statement about what is going to happen in the future

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