Definition of predicate in English:



  • 1The part of a sentence or clause containing a verb and stating something about the subject (e.g., went home in John went home)

    [as modifier] ‘predicate adjective’
    • ‘You don't need to worry about sentences with predicates and subjects.’
    • ‘By dropping subjects, predicates, and/or prepositions, Sosnora often reduces sentences to fragments or even to phrases.’
    • ‘Please remember to answer in complete subject / predicate sentences to demonstrate your communicative skills.’
    • ‘Last time, on our first grammar day, we learned about subjects and predicates.’
    • ‘For example, a descriptive word before a noun is an adjective; if it follows the noun it becomes a predicate.’
    • ‘This is the subject, and the predicate has the form is + noun phrase.’
    1. 1.1Logic Something that is affirmed or denied concerning an argument of a proposition.
      • ‘The theory that existence is not a predicate implies, however, that all existential propositions are synthetic.’
      • ‘In ‘On Interpretation’ Aristotle argues that a single assertion must always either affirm or deny a single predicate of a single subject.’
      • ‘As I mentioned, the basic propositions are predicates applied to single individuals.’
      • ‘Both Kant and Russell for example are interested in the logical issue of whether existence is a predicate.’
      • ‘In stating that the entity possesses the attribute, we use a predicate with a single argument.’


  • 1Logic Grammar
    State, affirm, or assert (something) about the subject of a sentence or an argument of proposition.

    ‘a word that predicates something about its subject’
    ‘aggression is predicated of those who act aggressively’
    • ‘It must simply be that the quantity may be truly predicated of the object.’
    • ‘What can be predicated of a kind differs absolutely from what can be predicated of an individual.’
    • ‘All such propositions must involve reference to some individual and predicating some property of that individual.’
    • ‘So Scotus claims that pure perfection can be predicated of God.’
    • ‘Anything we please can be made to serve as a logical predicate; the subject can even be predicated of itself; for logic abstracts from all content.’
  • 2Found or base something on.

    ‘the theory of structure on which later chemistry was predicated’
    • ‘Second, social movements are predicated on, and derive their legitimacy from, mass mobilization and popular support.’
    • ‘Consider, for example, the scope of the authority Mary believes the love-charm affords her and what, in the end, that authority is predicated upon.’
    • ‘It is, however, important to note at the outset that the whole argument is predicated on two assumptions.’
    • ‘One just can't help feeling, however, that the entire base he has predicated his argument on is flawed.’
    • ‘Part of our freedom is predicated on the right to act as economic agents.’
    base, be dependent, found, establish, rest, build, ground, premise
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Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin praedicatum something declared neuter of praedicatus declared, proclaimed past participle of the verb praedicare, from prae beforehand + dicare make known.