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predictive

[pri-dik-tiv] /prɪˈdɪk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating 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 of predictive
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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  • Hence the attempt to admit their predictive truth, and yet deny their divine authority, by ascribing them to human sagacity.

  • Shall is simply predictive; will is predictive and promissive as well.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • No doubt their predictive knowledge is general, it is of the issue to which things tend.

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  • Besides her faith in her predictive dreams was by no means fixed.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
  • It is gained without pressing their claim to predictive power, at least beyond the horizons of their own period.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • The second and third persons are expressed by the predictive verb shall.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
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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