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[pri-dik-tiv] /prɪˈdɪk tɪv/
of or relating to prediction:
losing one's predictive power.
used or useful for predicting or foretelling the future:
to look for predictive signs among the stars.
being an indication of the future or of future conditions:
a cold wind predictive of snow.
Origin of predictive
1650-60; < Late Latin praedictīvus foretelling. See predict, -ive
Related forms
predictively, adverb
predictiveness, noun
nonpredictive, adjective
unpredictive, adjective
unpredictively, adverb Unabridged
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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


of, relating to, or making predictions
(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

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

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