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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 Roll Call joins other race prognostication sites as declaring the race in Ohio's 1st Congressional district a toss-up. Carl Weiser, The Enquirer, "Roll Call: Steve Chabot now on list of 'most vulnerable' House members," 7 Oct. 2020 The favorable prognostication for House Democrats comes as President Trump consistently trails his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in polls. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Democrats set to expand House majority, elections forecaster says," 7 Aug. 2020 There’s a problem with these prognostications: money. Zachary Karabell, Wired, "The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One," 20 Apr. 2020 Defying the dire prognostications and pleadings of the medical establishment, Trump threw out there that businesses would soon reopen and that economic activity might kick in again by Easter. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Price of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Economists can match the bleak prognostications of epidemiologists and doctors, presenting models to show that more will die eventually from shelter-in-place economic slowdowns than from coronavirus infections. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Eeyore Syndrome," 7 Apr. 2020 Week 12 essentials: Picks and more Week 12 picks: USA TODAY Sports' panel of experts has provided fans with the great public service of making prognostications for every NFL game this weekend. USA TODAY, "The inside story about how Colin Kaepernick and the NFL broke apart last week's workout," 22 Nov. 2019 Johnson may have been off by a year (thanks largely to Hastings taking a medical redshirt), but the rest of his prognostication was spot-on. Tom Green |, al, "No one at Auburn was surprised the New England Patriots signed Will Hastings," 28 Apr. 2020 While these forecasts are promising, most economists and investors are paying more attention to how the reality of climate change will impact their economic prognostications. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "African economies will outperform global growth in 2020 despite a lag from its biggest countries," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of prognostication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Oct 2020

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“Prognostication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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