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prognostication

[prog-nos-ti-key-shuh n] /prɒgˌnɒs tɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of prognosticating.
2.
a forecast or prediction.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pronosticacion < Medieval Latin prognōsticātiōn- (stem of prognōsticātiō). See prognosticate, -ion
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  • But while such prognostications are understandable, they are misguided.
  • Other deans were more optimistic, and some blamed marketing consultants for spreading gloom-and-doom prognostications.
  • At last, their prognostications came true: the dean was dead.
  • The appearances of the middle sky afford him prognostications of weather.
  • Tables of the daily state of the heavens, used as bases for prognostications.
  • And they drew a bounty of letters, laden with readers' prognostications, criticisms and alternative answers.
  • prognostications that don't pan out are rarely remembered.
  • When they can't control or don't know all the variables, their prognostications become fuzzy.
  • These many alarmist groups appear to have little concern over whether their global warming prognostications are accurate, however.
  • One might seriously ask how accurate any of the prognostications of the sampled economists had anything to do with reality.
Word Origin and History for prognostications

prognostication

n.

late 14c., from Old French pronosticacion (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin *prognosticationem (nominative prognosticatio), noun of action from past participle stem of prognosticare "foretell," from Latin prognostica "sign to forecast weather," from neuter plural of Greek prognostikos "foreknowing," from progignoskein (see prognosis).

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