Definition of apodosis in English:


nounPlural apodoses

  • The main clause of a conditional sentence (e.g. I would agree in if you asked me I would agree).

    Often contrasted with protasis
    • ‘However, it's crucial that the second part of such a sentence (the apodosis of the conditional) normally also has a modal preterite, often would or could or might, but not will or can or may.’
    • ‘Well, if the apodosis is assumed to be true, then the conditional relation is truth-conditionally moot.’
    • ‘In the majority of instances, will and shall express a conditional future and are the forms used in the apodosis of future conditionals (the part without if): If you ask them, they will do it.’
    • ‘These suppressed words are but a requisite of the style that has been adopted in the apodosis.’


Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek, from apodidonai ‘give back’.