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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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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 Sabato’s Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik said all the movement on the GOP side of the race hasn't changed his prognostication one bit. Jason Williams,, "PX: Is Donald Trump winner or loser in Great Ohio Shakeout?," 12 Jan. 2018 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

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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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