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prɪˈdɪk ʃənpre·dic·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prediction, anticipation, previsionnoun

    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)

  2. prediction, foretelling, forecasting, prognosticationnoun

    a statement made about the future


  1. predictionnoun

    A statement of what will happen in the future.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Predictionnoun

    Prophesy; declaration of something future.

    Etymology: prædictio, Lat. prediction, Fr. from predict.

    These predictions
    Are to the world in general, as to Cæsar. William Shakespeare.

    The predictions of cold and long winters, hot and dry summers, are good to be known. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    How soon hath thy prediction, seer blest!
    Measur’d this transient world the race of time,
    Till time stand fix’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    In Christ they all meet with an invincible evidence, as if they were not predictions, but after-relations; and the penmen of them not prophets but evangelists. Robert South, Sermons.

    He, who prophesy’d the best,
    Approves the judgment to the rest;
    He’d rather choose, that I should die,
    Than his prediction prove a lie. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.


  1. Prediction

    A prediction (Latin præ-, "before," and dicere, "to say"), or forecast, is a statement about a future event or data. They are often, but not always, based upon experience or knowledge. There is no universal agreement about the exact difference from "estimation"; different authors and disciplines ascribe different connotations. Future events are necessarily uncertain, so guaranteed accurate information about the future is impossible. Prediction can be useful to assist in making plans about possible developments.


  1. prediction

    Prediction is the act of forecasting or estimating a future event or trend based on current information, data, patterns, or trends. It is a statement or claim about something that will happen or could happen in the future, often involving analysis, statistics or machine learning algorithms in more complex scenarios. Predictions can be made in various fields such as science, business, meteorology, economics, and sports.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predictionnoun

    the act of foretelling; also, that which is foretold; prophecy


  1. Prediction

    A prediction or forecast is a statement about the way things will happen in the future, often but not always based on experience or knowledge. While there is much overlap between prediction and forecast, a prediction may be a statement that some outcome is expected, while a forecast is more specific, and may cover a range of possible outcomes. Although guaranteed information about the future is in many cases impossible, prediction is necessary to allow plans to be made about possible developments; Howard H. Stevenson writes that prediction in business "... is at least two things: Important and hard."

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prediction' in Nouns Frequency: #2235

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prediction in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prediction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prediction in a Sentence

  1. Shiladitya DasSarma:

    As the sophistication in the telescope increases, the prediction is that they will be able to determine the spectrum coming from these planets, they're so far away, and really there's no light, it's only the star they'd be able to see, but that's the goal. Because its so important to be able to detect life elsewhere in the universe.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Get ready Share TRADERS, it is now time for the market to fall dramatically. Prediction is based on SBI securities move as it has frozen its trading platform and thus not allowing traders to sell shares

  3. Lee Jeong-eun:

    My prediction that a Korean woman would be atop the leaderboard at the Women's US Open was based on statistics and facts, korean women are absolutely dominating the LPGA Tour. If you asked me again my answer would be the same but worded more carefully.

  4. Dominik Bach:

    When we talk about reducing fear memory, we’re not talking about deleting the memory of what actually happened, the participants may not forget that they received a shock when the screen was red, but they ‘forget’ to be instinctively scared when they next see a red screen. Learning to fear threats is an important ability … helping us to avoid dangers. (But) over-prediction of threat can cause tremendous suffering and distress in anxiety disorders such as PTSD.

  5. Giorgio Palù:

    Yesterday we expected to have a change after almost 10 days of this new measure... but it's still rising, so I don't think we can make a prediction today.

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