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[pred-i-kuh-buh l]
  1. that may be predicated or affirmed; assertable.
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  1. that which may be predicated; an attribute.
  2. Logic. any one of the various kinds of predicate that may be used of a subject.
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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
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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


  1. capable of being predicated or asserted
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  1. a quality, attribute, etc, that can be predicated
  2. logic obsolete one of the five Aristotelian classes of predicates (the five heads of predicables), namely genus, species, difference, property, and relation
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Derived Formspredicability or predicableness, noun

Word Origin

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