I have a prediction: You’ll know what this word means by the time you finish reading this explanation. A prediction is what someone thinks will happen.

A prediction is a forecast, but not only about the weather. Pre means “before” and diction has to do with talking. So a prediction is a statement about the future. It’s a guess, sometimes based on facts or evidence, but not always. A fortune teller makes a prediction using a crystal ball. A meteorologist uses maps and scientific data to tell us about the possibility of rain, snow or sunshine. And when I made the prediction that you would understand what this word meant, it was based on instinct, a gut feeling telling me what would happen next.

Definitions of prediction

n a statement made about the future

forecasting, foretelling, prognostication
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the prediction that human intelligence and technology will enable life to expand in an orderly way throughout the entire universe
the practice of predicting people's futures (usually for payment)
a prediction of someone's future based on the relative positions of the planets
meteorology, weather forecasting
predicting what the weather will be
forecast, prognosis
a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop
divination, prophecy
a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
financial forecast
a forecast of the expected financial position and the results of operations and cash flows based on expected conditions
weather forecast, weather outlook
a forecast of the weather
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a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

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

anticipation, prevision
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a prediction made by extrapolating from past observations
prognostication, prophecy, vaticination
knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
adumbration, foreshadowing, prefiguration
the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
crystal gazing
staring into a crystal ball to arouse visions of future or distant events
divination, foretelling, fortune telling, soothsaying
the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
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abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
thinking that is coherent and logical

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