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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
Recent Examples on the Web Sports prognostication outfits have slotted the Clippers somewhere between 45 and 49 wins. Jason Gay, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 Data is critical to rapid, informed, decision-making, prognostication, and risk assessment. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The World Health Organization’s top coronavirus expert is less hopeful in her prognostication. Helen Branswell, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 After months of politicking, posturing and prognostication, polls opened Tuesday morning for Californians to decide whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should be removed from office and, if so, who should replace him. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Each year, in the months leading up to the NFL season, American sports journalists generate approximately 950 trillion words worth of football prognostication. Rex Huppke,, 10 Sep. 2021 Having foreseen coming conditions on one occasion doesn’t mean ongoing trustworthy prognostication. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The op-ed, which was both a prognostication and an investment thesis, was widely read and bolstered Andreessen’s reputation as one of Silicon Valley’s intellectuals—not merely a middleman but a man of ideas. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 The speed of change in the crypto sector makes prognostication perilous. Joanna Ossinger, Fortune, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of prognostication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prognostication was in the 15th century

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27 Oct 2021

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“Prognostication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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