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[pred-i-kuh-buh l] /ˈprɛd ɪ kə bəl/
that may be predicated or affirmed; assertable.
that which may be predicated; an attribute.
Logic. any one of the various kinds of predicate that may be used of a subject.
Origin of predicable
1545-55; < Latin praedicābilis assertable, Latin: praiseworthy, equivalent to praedicā(re) to declare publicly (see predicate) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
predicability, predicableness, noun
predicably, adverb
unpredicable, adjective
unpredicableness, noun
unpredicably, adverb Unabridged
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  • In connection with definition, the fifth predicable, difference, is useful.

    The Classification of Patents United States Patent Office
  • Thus while knowledge is present in the human mind, it is predicable of grammar.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • Thus, both the name and the definition of the species are predicable of the individual.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • Of things themselves some are predicable of a subject, and are never present in a subject.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • Thus 'man' is predicable of the individual man, and is never present in a subject.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • Much the same appears to be at present predicable of the publisher.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • Whatever is predicable of a whole distributively is predicable of all its several parts.

British Dictionary definitions for predicable


capable of being predicated or asserted
a quality, attribute, etc, that can be predicated
(logic, obsolete) one of the five Aristotelian classes of predicates (the five heads of predicables), namely genus, species, difference, property, and relation
Derived Forms
predicability, predicableness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praedicābilis, from praedicāre to assert publicly; see predicate, preach
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