Definition of retrodiction in English:



  • The explanation or interpretation of past actions or events inferred from the laws that are assumed to have governed them.

    ‘an argument based on retrodiction’
    • ‘if you discount retrodictions then one is hard pressed to find good examples’
    • ‘To unambiguously cover cases of retrodiction, the assumption is better put in terms of the unobserved resembling, in relevant respects, the observed.’
    • ‘Could it not be that the retrodiction of a past Bang in which the entire Universe was squeezed to a point arises entirely as a consequence of following the expansion backwards in a perfectly symmetrical fashion?’
    • ‘What Rusty is referring to here is not prediction but retrodiction - it's looking back from the perspective of modern theories and reading those facts back into the Genesis account.’
    • ‘We obtain a necessary and sufficient condition for perfect retrodiction of the outcome of a known generalized measurement, given the final state, for an arbitrary initial state.’
    • ‘By retrodiction of the effect we seek to trace back the hypothetical cause.’



/ˌretrəˈdikSH(ə)n/ /ˌrɛtrəˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/