pro·​phet·​ic | \ prə-ˈfe-tik \
variants: or less commonly prophetical \ prə-​ˈfe-​ti-​kəl \

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 \ 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

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English Language Learners Definition of prophetic

: correctly stating what will happen in the future
: of or relating to a prophet or to prophecy


pro·​phet·​ic | \ prə-ˈfe-tik \

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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