retrodict

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retro- +‎ predict

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retrodict (third-person singular simple present retrodicts, present participle retrodicting, simple past and past participle retrodicted)

  1. To attempt to estimate the previous state from the present.
    • 2013, Jamie Whyte, The Wall Street Journal, Jamie Whyte: Science Says So, Suckers!,
      Many are impressed by the fact that climate models can "retrodict" climatic change—that is, use past climatic data (say, from the 1860s) to predict climatic data from the less-distant past (say, from the 1920s). They should not be.

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