prog·​nos·​ti·​ca·​tion (ˌ)präg-ˌnä-stə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce prognostication (audio)
: an indication in advance : foretoken
: an act, the fact, or the power of prognosticating : forecast

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 Bartos, who also directs the cardiovascular I.C.U., refuses to offer early prognostications for ECPR patients, because some have taken more than three weeks to wake up. Helen Ouyang, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The mammal's prognostications aren't likely to settle the question of our future weather *ahem* beyond a shadow of a doubt. USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2024 But the futurists of the Roaring ’20s did come fairly close on a few prognostications. Chris Morris, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 On average, Phil’s prognostications have hit the mark just under 40% of the time since 2013, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 A lot to figure out before the draft commences – like the final order, to say nothing of the combine, free agency, pro days and more – but here's our latest first-round, 2024 NFL mock draft prognostication: 1. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 Our six panelists, on the other hand, their choices now pruned by the academy’s own predilections, largely staked out common ground in their prognostications of the names to be called when the envelopes are opened on Oscar night. Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Forecast in detail Winter isn’t over yet, but for now the groundhog’s prognostication of an early spring rings true. Molly Robey, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 The prediction - or prognostication, as The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club calls it - focuses on what to expect with the weather for the next six weeks. Joe Brandt, Jim Donovan, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Prognostication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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