Dictionary Definition



1 a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle" [syn: omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prodigy]
2 a statement made about the future [syn: prediction, foretelling, forecasting]
3 knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source) [syn: prophecy, vaticination]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A statement about or prior knowledge of the future.
    There are many who believe wholeheartedly in Nostradamus' many prognostications.

Extensive Definition

Prognosis is a doctor's prediction about a disease.
Prognosis may also refer to:
  • Prediction, a statement or claim that a particular event will occur in the future
  • Prognostics, an engineering discipline focused on predicting the future condition or estimating remaining useful life of a component and/or system of components
  • Precognition, the psychic ability to perceive information about future places or events before they happen
  • Fortune-telling, predicting the future, usually of an individual
  • Divination, the practice of ascertaining information from supernatural sources
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