- a sign or indication of things to come; omen
- a forecast; prediction
Origin of prognosticMiddle English pronostike from Middle French pronostique from Classical Latin prognosticum from Classical Greek progn?stikon from progign?skein: see prognosis
- foretelling; predictive
- Med. of, or serving as a basis for, prognosis
Origin of prognosticML prognosticus < Gr progn?stikos
- Of, relating to, or useful in prognosis.
- Of or relating to prediction; predictive.
- A sign or symptom indicating the future course of a disease.
- A sign of a future happening; a portent.
Origin of prognosticMiddle English pronostik prognosticating, omen from Medieval Latin prognōsticus prognosticating from Greek prognōstikos from prognōsis foreknowledge ; see prognosis . N., from Latin prognōsticum omen from Greek prognōstikon from neuter of prognōstikos
(comparative more prognostic, superlative most prognostic)
- (rare, medicine) prognosis
- 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.
- One who predicts the future.
From Medieval Latin prognosticus, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÎ¿Î³Î½Ï‰ÏƒÏ„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (prognostikos, “foreknowing"), from Ï€ÏÏŒ- (pro-) + Î³Î½Ï‰ÏƒÏ„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (gnostikos, “of or for knowing, good at knowing"), from Î³Î¹Î³Î½ÏŽÏƒÎºÏ‰ (gignosko, “to learn to know, to perceive, to mark, to learn"). Compare French pronostic (“prognostic").