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

n a sign of something about to happen

omen, portent, presage, prodigy, prognostic
a favorable omen
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

n a statement made about the future

forecasting, foretelling, prediction
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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 knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

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
divination by means of numbers
dowse, dowsing, rhabdomancy
searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
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)
divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
divination by means of stones or stone talismans
conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
divination through the interpretation of dreams
divination by the letters of a name
chirology, chiromancy, palm reading, palmistry
telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
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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