pro·​phet·​ic | \ prə-ˈfe-tik How to pronounce prophetic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly prophetical \ prə-​ˈfe-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce prophetic (audio) \

Definition of prophetic

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

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prophetically \ prə-​ˈfe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prophetic (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of prophetic in a Sentence

the prophetic books of the Old Testament 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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prophetic

Middle English prophetyk, borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French prophetique, borrowed from Late Latin prophēticus, borrowed from Greek prophētikós, from prophḗtēs prophet + -ikos -ic entry 1

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“Prophetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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pro·​phet·​ic | \ prə-ˈfe-tik How to pronounce prophetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of prophetic

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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