a sign that something will happen
prefigure - indicate
If something shows or suggests that something will occur or exist at a future time then it can be said to ‘prefigure’ it. This formal word is most commonly seen in written English, particularly in the print media, and tends to be used in a negative context, though it by no means has to be.
The argument I had with the client over the phone certainly did prefigure the way the face-to-face meeting went later in the week.
Missing my train to work this morning ended up being prefigurative of how my day unfolded. It was a disaster!
I really hope the current dip in the housing market is not a prefiguration of things to come. I’ve invested a lot of money in property.