Etymology
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prediction (n.)

"act of predicting; a prophecy, a declaration concerning future events," 1560s, from French prédiction and directly from Medieval Latin predictionem (nominative predictio), from Latin praedictio "a foretelling," noun of action from past-participle stem of praedicere "assert, proclaim, declare publicly" (see predict).

Prediction may or may not be an inspired act : it is most commonly used of the foretelling of events in accordance with knowledge gained through scientific investigations or practical experience .... [Century Dictionary]

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Definitions of prediction

prediction (n.)
the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future);
Synonyms: anticipation / prevision
prediction (n.)
a statement made about the future;
Synonyms: foretelling / forecasting / prognostication
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