prophetic

adjective pro·phet·ic \ prə-ˈfe-tik \
variants: or less commonly prophetical play \prə-ˈfe-ti-kəl\
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prophetic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy
2 : foretelling events : predictive

prophetically

play \prə-ˈfe-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of prophetic in a Sentence

  1. the prophetic books of the Old Testament

  2. in retrospect, those lower-than-expected sales numbers were a prophetic indicator of the financial trouble the company would soon be in

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First Known Use of prophetic

15th century


PROPHETIC Defined for English Language Learners

prophetic

adjective

Definition of prophetic for English Language Learners

  • : correctly stating what will happen in the future

  • : of or relating to a prophet or to prophecy


PROPHETIC Defined for Kids

prophetic

adjective pro·phet·ic \ prə-ˈfe-tik \

Definition of prophetic for Students

1 : of or relating to a prophet or prophecy
2 : serving to foretell
  • His cough was prophetic of an early death.
  • —Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain


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