Grammar. (in many languages, such as English) one of the two main parts of a sentence, containing the verb and any of its objects, modifiers, or other completions, and generally expressing an action, state, or condition: for example, got here quickly in Larry got here quickly, or ate a cookie in I ate a cookie, or slept in The exhausted student slept.: Compare subject (def. 9).
Logic. that which is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition.
to found or derive (a statement, action, etc.); base (usually followed by on): He predicated his behavior on his faith in humanity.The modern situation is predicated on the illusion of total independence.
to affirm or assert (something) of the subject of a proposition.
to make (a term) the predicate of such a proposition.
to connote; imply: His retraction predicates a change of attitude.
to make an affirmation or assertion.
Grammar. belonging to the predicate: a predicate noun.
- pred·i·ca·tion [pred-i-key-shuhn], /ˌprɛd ɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun
- pred·i·ca·tive [pred-i-key-tiv, -kuh-; British pri-dik-uh-tiv], /ˈprɛd ɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə-; British prɪˈdɪk ə tɪv/, adjective
- pred·i·ca·tive·ly, adverb
- non·pred·i·ca·tive, adjective
- non·pred·i·ca·tive·ly, adverb
- sub·pred·i·cate, noun
- sub·pred·i·ca·tive, adjective
- un·pred·i·cat·ed, adjective
- un·pred·i·ca·tive, adjective
- un·pred·i·ca·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use predicate in a sentence
Little has been done to lay the political predicates in either community for serious compromises.
The more difficult problem was how any predicates at all can be applied to God without endangering his unity.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy | Isaac Husik
We know that it is a common practice in our daily speech to apply many different predicates to one and the same subject.
Both are alike affirmative, with the same subject, but different predicates.
A subject without predicates is an entity which has no existence in reason, 66.The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love | Emanuel Swedenborg
They may be known as qualities, and expressed as predicates; or they may be considered as abstract things and expressed as nouns.Thought-Culture | William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for predicate
(also intr; when tr, may take a clause as object) to proclaim, declare, or affirm
to imply or connote
(foll by on or upon) to base or found (a proposition, argument, etc)
to assert or affirm (a property, characteristic, or condition) of the subject of a proposition
to make (a term, expression, etc) the predicate of a proposition
the part of a sentence in which something is asserted or denied of the subject of a sentence; one of the two major components of a sentence, the other being the subject
(as modifier): a predicate adjective
an expression that is derived from a sentence by the deletion of a name
a property, characteristic, or attribute that may be affirmed or denied of something. The categorial statement all men are mortal relates two predicates, is a man and is mortal
the term of a categorial proposition that is affirmed or denied of its subject. In this example all men is the subject, and mortal is the predicate
a function from individuals to truth values, the truth set of the function being the extension of the predicate
of or relating to something that has been predicated
- predication, noun
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Cultural definitions for predicate
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