- prognostick (obsolete)
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”).
prognostic (plural prognostics)
- (rare, medicine) prognosis
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Parr to this entry?)
- 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
- A prediction of the future.
- 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.
- One who predicts the future.
prognostic m (plural prognostics)
- prognostic (prediction about the future)
- French: pronostic