Definition of Predicate

1. Verb. Make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition. "The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'"

Generic synonyms: Interrelate, Relate
Derivative terms: Predicative, Predicator

2. Noun. (logic) what is predicated of the subject of a proposition; the second term in a proposition is predicated of the first term by means of the copula. "`Socrates is a man' predicates manhood of Socrates"
Category relationships: Logic
Generic synonyms: Term

3. Verb. Affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of. "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"
Exact synonyms: Proclaim
Generic synonyms: Assert, Asseverate, Maintain
Derivative terms: Predication

4. Noun. One of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements.
Exact synonyms: Verb Phrase
Generic synonyms: Phrase

5. Verb. Involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic. "Solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"
Exact synonyms: Connote
Generic synonyms: Imply
Derivative terms: Connotation, Predication

Definition of Predicate

1. v. t. To assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of another); as, to predicate whiteness of snow.

2. v. i. To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation.

3. n. That which is affirmed or denied of the subject. In these propositions, "Paper is white," "Ink is not white," whiteness is the predicate affirmed of paper and denied of ink.

4. a. Predicated.

Definition of Predicate

1. Noun. (grammar) The part of the sentence (or clause) which states something about the subject or the object of the sentence. ¹

2. Noun. (logic) A term of a statement, where the statement may be true or false depending on whether the thing referred to by the values of the statement's variables has the property signified by that (predicative) term. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) An operator or function that returns either true or false. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To announce or assert publicly. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive logic) To state, assert. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To suppose, assume; to infer. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive originally US) To base (on); to assert on the grounds of. ¹

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Definition of Predicate


Lexicographical Neighbors of Predicate

predicate (current term)
predicate calculus
predicate logic
predicative adjective
predicative adjectives
predicative case
predicative cases

Literary usage of Predicate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"In the former construction the noun following the verb is the real subject, while in the latter construction it is the predicate. Es war ein König There was ..."

2. A Grammar of the Latin Language: For the Use of Schools and Colleges by Ethan Allen Andrews, Solomon Stoddard (1868)
"Tn the following pages, when the term subject or predicate la used alone, ... The simple predicate, which is also called the grammatical predicate, ..."

3. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by James Hadley, Frederic De Forest Allen (1885)
"A predicate-substantive must agree in case with the substantive to which it ... For examples, see 594 b, 595 ba A predicate-substantive usually agrees in ..."

4. Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic by William Hamilton (1860)
"Thus, according to the doctrine of the logicians, conversion applies only to the naked terms themselves: — the subject and predicate of the ..."

5. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume (1890)
"It would seem then that the predicate may, though He virtu- the subject cannot, represent either a single quality, or a set the point of qualities which ..."

6. English Grammar Simplified: Its Study Made Easy by James Champlin Fernald (1916)
"THE SIMPLE OR COMPOUND predicate The essential predicate may be either ... (1) A Simple Essential predicate consists of a single verb in agreement with the ..."

7. English Grammar Simplified: Its Study Made Easy by James Champlin Fernald (1916)
"THE SIMPLE OR COMPOUND predicate The essential predicate may be either ... (1) A Simple Essential predicate consists of a single verb in agreement with the ..."

8. A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Albert Harkness (1880)
"The Genitive with Verbs includes I. predicate Genitive. ... predicate Genitive. 401. A predicate Noun denoting a different ..."

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