prognostic

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin prognosticus, from Ancient Greek προγνωστικός (prognōstikós, foreknowing), from πρό- (pró-) + γνωστικός (gnōstikós, of or for knowing, good at knowing), from γιγνώσκω (gignṓskō, to learn to know, to perceive, to mark, to learn). Compare French pronostic (prognostic).

Adjective[edit]

prognostic (comparative more prognostic, superlative most prognostic)

  1. Of, pertaining to or characterized by prognosis or prediction.

Synonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

prognostic (plural prognostics)

  1. (rare, medicine) prognosis
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Parr to this entry?)
  2. A sign by which a future event may be known or foretold.
    Careful observers may foretell the hour
    (By sure prognostics) when to dread a show’r.
    While rain depends, the pensive cat gives o’er
    Her frolics, and pursues her tail no more. Jonathan Swift
  3. A prediction of the future.
    • Macaulay
      The choice of a successor was no light matter. That choice would inevitably be considered by the country as a prognostic of the highest import.
  4. One who predicts the future.

Synonyms[edit]

Related terms[edit]


Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

prognostic m (plural prognostics)

  1. prognostic (prediction about the future)

Descendants[edit]