prog·​nos·​ti·​ca·​tion | \ (ˌ)präg-ˌnä-stə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce prognostication (audio) \

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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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 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of prognostication

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

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