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self-fulfilling prophecy

Definition of Self-fulfilling Prophecy

(noun) An expectation that leads to actions or behaviors causing the expectation to become a reality.

Example of Self-fulfilling Prophecy

  • A student who understand the material but believes they will fail a test, acts as if they will, and therefore does.

Etymology of Self-fulfilling Prophecy

Self-fulfilling Prophecy Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /sɛlf fᵿ(l)ˈfɪlɪŋ ˈprɑfəsi/
    • British English
      • /sɛlf fʊlˈfɪlɪŋ ˈprɒfᵻsi/
  • Syllabification: (self ful·fill·ing proph·e·cy)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: self-fulfilling prophecies
  • Variant spelling: selffulfilling prophecy
  • Also called self-defeating prophecy.

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Cite the Definition of Self-fulfilling Prophecy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “self-fulfilling prophecy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 13, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/self-fulfilling-prophecy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

self-fulfilling prophecy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/self-fulfilling-prophecy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “self-fulfilling prophecy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/self-fulfilling-prophecy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“self-fulfilling prophecy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/self-fulfilling-prophecy/>.