Friday, January 26, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Retrodict

 
WORD OF THE DAY
January 26, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
retrodict Audio pronunciation
 
verb | ret-ruh-DIKT  
 
Definition
 
:
to utilize present information or ideas to infer or explain (a past event or state of affairs)
 
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We predict that you will guess the correct origins of retrodict, and chances are we will not contradict you. English speakers had started using predict by at least the late 16th century; it's a word formed by combining prae- (meaning "before") and dicere (meaning "to say"). Since the rough translation of predict is "to say before," it's no surprise that when people in the early 20th century wanted a word for "predicting" the past, they created it by combining the prefix for "backward" (retro-) with the -dict of predict. Other dicere descendants in English include contradict, benediction, dictate, diction, and dictionary.
 
 
Examples of RETRODICT
 
Geologists have retrodicted the positions of the continents millions of years ago.
 
"PhD students in my lab are developing new ways to retrodict maize production through time, drawing on tree-ring data for climatic information…."
Tim Kohler, quoted in an article at Laboratoryequipment.com, 7 Aug. 2014
 
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