prediction

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
  1. noun
    a statement made about the future
    synonyms: forecasting, foretelling, prognostication
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    extropy
    the prediction that human intelligence and technology will enable life to expand in an orderly way throughout the entire universe
    fortunetelling
    the practice of predicting people's futures (usually for payment)
    horoscope
    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
    oracle
    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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    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  2. noun
    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
    synonyms: anticipation, prevision
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    projection
    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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