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1. The art or act of foretelling future events or revealing occult knowledge by means of augury or an alleged supernatural agency.
2. An inspired guess or presentiment.
3. Something that has been divined.

di·vin′a·to′ry (dĭ-vĭn′ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.divinatory - resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecydivinatory - resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy; "the high priest's divinatory pronouncement"; "mantic powers"; "a kind of sibylline book with ready and infallible answers to questions"
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"
2.divinatory - based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence; "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "hypothetical situation"
theoretic, theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
References in classic literature ?
replied Madame, laughing, "permit me to tell you that your divinatory science is at fault for once.
Many divinatory statements were related with fear and anxiety.
Ordinary Muslims, including divinatory healers, do not normally argue among themselves over the pros and cons of the Wahhabi viewpoint, preferring to go about their everyday business of using Qur'anic verses for kombe and the Holy Book itself as an object in healing and in talking about healing.
Among those topics are proxy incubations and priestly incubation, an illustrated catalog of incubation reliefs from the cults of Asklepios and Amphiaraos, hypnos/somnus and oneiros as evidence for incubation at Asklepieia: a reassessment, Egyptian festivals and divinatory incubation, and whether lepers' visions at Hammat Gader (Emmatha) are a form of incubation in late antique Syria.
Other texts from this archive also document the interest of Urtenu in divinatory practices (barutu) to safeguard his maritime commercial interests.
After consulting his divinatory stones and providing this client with more information on which dates are 'good for travelling', the headman cleansed him from the 'curses' which had caused his alcohol-addiction, by means of an unusual ritual procedure.
The hexagrams of the ancient Chinese divinatory text I Ching (Book of Changes) provide a second model for Huang; six horizontal lines, joined or broken, are methodically arranged on the canvas and often outlined in black.
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford continues its partnership with LAPADA for the second year running, and this year's headline lecture comes courtesy of Islamic art specialist Francesca Leoni, who offers insight into the 'licit' divinatory arts practised in medieval and early modern Muslim societies.
Although, church-based healing associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church can be traced back to the 16th century which involved a rich complex of practices based on the use of esoteric medical and divinatory texts and the manipulation of letters and numbers as well as the invocation of spirits, and the use of herbal therapies (hence, church-based healers underwent rigorous training lasting many years and dealt with a range of physical and social problems).
This model of criticism from the outside, not in empathetic or divinatory approximations to the textual object that is being criticized, would seem particularly important for social and political questions, as Vogl also shows.
This article focuses on this divinatory practice in an attempt to describe it and analyze it from two complementary perspectives: narrativity and psychology.
Like the face, the handprint can also be magical and lyrical as "loops dip into the mystery of indigo pools", as in the hand of Fatima, the auspicious eye, as the divinatory magic of palmistry.