prediction Definition

  • 1a statement about what will happen or might happen in the future
  • 2the act of making such a statement

Using prediction: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "prediction" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The prediction of rain turned out to be accurate.

  • Example

    Her prediction about the election results was wrong.

  • Example

    The company's sales predictions for the year were optimistic.

  • Example

    The astrologer made several predictions about my future.

prediction Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for prediction

Idioms Using prediction

  • a prediction that is almost certain to come true


    It's a safe prediction that the sun will rise tomorrow.

  • to publicly state a prediction


    The analyst went on record with a prediction that the company's profits would increase by 20%.

  • to cause a prediction to come true


    The team fulfilled the coach's prediction by winning the championship.

Phrases with prediction

  • self-fulfilling prophecy

    a prediction that causes itself to come true due to the simple fact that the prediction was made


    He believed he would fail the test, and his negative attitude became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • a speculative market designed so that prices can be interpreted as probabilities and used to make predictions


    Prediction markets have been used to forecast the outcomes of political elections and sporting events.

  • the difference between the predicted value of a variable and its actual value


    The prediction error for the stock price was larger than expected, causing investors to lose money.

Origins of prediction

from Latin 'praedictio', meaning 'foretelling'


Summary: prediction in Brief

A 'prediction' [prɪˈdɪkʃən] is a statement about what will or might happen in the future. It can be made about anything from the weather to the stock market, and can be based on data or intuition. Examples include 'The astrologer made several predictions about my future,' and 'The company's sales predictions for the year were optimistic.' 'Prediction' extends into phrases like 'self-fulfilling prophecy,' and idioms like 'a safe prediction,' denoting a high probability of occurrence.

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