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predictive

[pri-dik-tiv] /prɪˈdɪk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to prediction:
losing one's predictive power.
2.
used or useful for predicting or foretelling the future:
to look for predictive signs among the stars.
3.
being an indication of the future or of future conditions:
a cold wind predictive of snow.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin praedictīvus foretelling. See predict, -ive
Related forms
predictively, adverb
predictiveness, noun
nonpredictive, adjective
unpredictive, adjective
unpredictively, adverb
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  • She develops treatment-allocation procedures that use accruing data to produce better predictive estimates.
  • Nevertheless, models can have the predictive power demanded of scientific hypotheses.
  • And, though he got encouraging results, he doesn't put much stock in the test's predictive abilities.
  • In this case they chose neonatal mortality as the main predictive indicator.
  • But that paper also shows that medical events have independent predictive power.
  • Either way, the catches of the coming decade will reveal whether the system the ecologists have developed is indeed predictive.
  • Particularly in the case of research labs or hospitals, predictive maintenance should be high on the scale of priorities.
  • First impressions are often accurate and highly predictive, but they can also be misleading or wrong.
  • It might be better to consider the extensive literature on the relatively poor predictive capability of various metrics.
  • Proposes a predictive framework for understanding how environmental context shapes the functioning of an ecosystem.
British Dictionary definitions for predictive

predictive

/prɪˈdɪktɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or making predictions
2.
(text messaging) (of mobile phone technology) enabling mobile phones to predict the word being entered in a text message from the first few letters: predictive texting
Derived Forms
predictively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for predictive
adj.

1650s, from Late Latin praedictivus, from praedict-, past participle stem of praedicere (see predict).

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