prog·nos·ti·ca·tion | \(ˌ)präg-ˌnä-stə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of prognostication 

1 : an indication in advance : foretoken

2a : an act, the fact, or the power of prognosticating : forecast

b : foreboding

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foreboding, premonition, presage, presentiment

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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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From political prognostication to 'rhymes with rich': Barbara Bush in her own words. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Messer didn’t disclose DUIs when he replaced lawmaker killed by drunken driver," 18 Apr. 2018 Here are eight other groundhogs who, contrary to Phil’s prognostication, predicted an early spring: 1. Sarah Gray, Time, "Unhappy with Punxsutawney Phil? Here Are 8 Other Groundhogs That Predicted Spring," 2 Feb. 2018 But here’s the best news: The prognostications are about to cease. Dan Wiederer,, "Bears GM Ryan Pace skillfully hiding his cards as NFL draft draws near," 24 Apr. 2018 Donald said that because of a special elixir administered every few years, the same Phil has been doing prognostications for the past 132 years. David Montero,, "How do you know it's springtime in Vegas? By waiting for Mojave Max to emerge," 29 Mar. 2018 Dolphins cornerback Tony Lippett hasn’t heard all of the dark rankings and prognostications related to his team for the 2018 season. Chris Perkins,, "Dolphins ignoring bleak predictions for 2018 season," 27 June 2018 Actually, Tyler Wheeler’s prognostication was right on the nose. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Father's Day weekend: Silver Creek father, son compete for state title," 15 June 2018 Then there is Orange County, a stubborn redoubt of conservatism that keeps defying prognostications that 80 years of Republican dominance will come to an end. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Orange County Fights Turning Blue. And the Resistance Is Formidable.," 8 June 2018 One of the problems with our prognostications over the past year or so has been that many of the highest-profile contests that have been contested have been ones in which the Republicans have an advantage. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "What Texas primary voting tells us about November," 7 Mar. 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

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

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