[ uh-pod-uh-sis ]

noun,plural a·pod·o·ses [uh-pod-uh-seez]. /əˈpɒd əˌsiz/.
  1. the clause expressing the consequence in a conditional sentence, often beginning with then, as “then I will” in “If you go, then I will.”: Compare protasis (def. 1).

Origin of apodosis

1630–40; <Late Latin <Greek: a returning, answering clause, equivalent to apo(di)(nai) to give back (apo-apo- + didónai to give) + -sis-sis

Words Nearby apodosis

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How to use apodosis in a sentence

  • What are we to suppose the suppressed apodosis of the proposition?

  • The apodosis (qu'est-ce que je ferais) is omitted and only the protasis is expressed.

    Contes Franais | Douglas Labaree Buffum
  • Positing what protasis would the contraction for such several schemes become a natural and necessary apodosis?

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • The apodosis of an implied condition: 'If you prayed for me, the fire would rise'.

  • The Subjunctive in the apodosis of conditional sentences of this type is of the Potential variety.

    New Latin Grammar | Charles E. Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for apodosis


/ (əˈpɒdəsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. logic grammar the consequent of a conditional statement, as the game will be cancelled in if it rains the game will be cancelled: Compare protasis

Origin of apodosis

C17: via Late Latin from Greek: a returning or answering (clause), from apodidonai to give back

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