prognostication

A prognostication is a prediction about the future. If you make gloomy prognostications about how much traffic there will be on the way home, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find the drive fast and easy.

Use the noun prognostication when someone's making a forecast or a guess about upcoming events. Your prognostication about whether or not it will rain tomorrow might lead to your family's picnic being cancelled. Another way to use the word is to mean a sign or portent: "I hope that black cat isn't a prognostication of bad luck!" The Latin root, prognostica, means "sign to forecast weather," and it comes from the Greek prognostikos, "foreknowing."

Definitions of prognostication
  1. noun
    a sign of something about to happen
    synonyms: omen, portent, presage, prodigy, prognostic
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    auspice
    a favorable omen
    foreboding
    an unfavorable omen
    death knell
    an omen of death or destruction
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    augury, foretoken, preindication, sign
    an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
  2. noun
    a statement made about the future
    synonyms: forecasting, foretelling, prediction
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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
  3. noun
    knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
    synonyms: prophecy, vaticination
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    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
    arithmancy
    divination by means of numbers
    dowse, dowsing, rhabdomancy
    searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
    geomancy
    divination by means of signs connected with the earth (as points taken at random or the arrangement of particles thrown down at random or from the configuration of a region and its relation to another)
    hydromancy
    divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
    lithomancy
    divination by means of stones or stone talismans
    necromancy
    conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
    oneiromancy
    divination through the interpretation of dreams
    onomancy
    divination by the letters of a name
    chirology, chiromancy, palm reading, palmistry
    telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
    pyromancy
    divination by fire or flames
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    anticipation, prediction, prevision
    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
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