[pred-i-kuh-buh l]


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 formspred·i·ca·bil·i·ty, pred·i·ca·ble·ness, nounpred·i·ca·bly, adverbun·pred·i·ca·ble, adjectiveun·pred·i·ca·ble·ness, nounun·pred·i·ca·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • In connection with definition, the fifth predicable, difference, is useful.

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  • Thus while knowledge is present in the human mind, it is predicable of grammar.

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

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

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

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 Formspredicability or predicableness, noun

Word Origin for predicable

C16: from Latin praedicābilis, from praedicāre to assert publicly; see predicate, preach
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