retrodiction
noun see retrodict

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Retrodiction — (or postdiction , though this should not be confused with the use of the term in criticisms of parapsychological research) is the act of making a prediction about the past. This is especially useful when one wishes to test a theory whose actual… …   Wikipedia

  • rétrodiction — [ʀetʀodiksjɔ̃] n. f. ÉTYM. 1963, Costa de Beauregard, in D. D. L.; de rétro , et diction. → Prédiction. ❖ ♦ Didact. Établissement de la probabilité d un état antérieur à un état observé, et lié à lui par une relation de cause à effet; hypothèse… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • retrodiction — The hypothesis that some event happened in the past, as opposed to the prediction that an event will happen in the future. A successful retrodiction could confirm a theory as much as a successful prediction …   Philosophy dictionary

  • retrodiction — noun A form of prediction that deals with the past rather than the future, sometimes useful in testing theories whose actual predictions are too long term to be of immediate use. Syn: postdiction …   Wiktionary

  • retrodiction — [ˌrɛtrə(ʊ) dɪkʃ(ə)n] noun the explanation or interpretation of past events inferred from the laws that are assumed to have governed them. Derivatives retrodict verb Origin C19: from retro + prediction …   English new terms dictionary

  • retrodiction — ret·ro·dic·tion …   English syllables

  • retrodiction — noun see retrodict …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rétrodiction quantique — La rétrodiction quantique est une approche complémentaire de la physique quantique qui consiste à faire des rétro prédictions, ou rétrodictions, sur les préparations d états quantiques qui auraient pu conduire à un certain résultat de mesure.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • TEMPS — Chacun sait à quel aspect de son expérience répond le mot de temps; mais aucune définition de la notion correspondante n’a reçu jusqu’ici, chez les savants comme chez les philosophes, une approbation unanime. Sensible à cette difficulté qu’il… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Thought experiment — A thought experiment (from the German Gedankenexperiment ) is a proposal for an experiment that would test a hypothesis or theory but cannot actually be performed due to practical limitations; instead its purpose is to explore the potential… …   Wikipedia

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