One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘For example, a descriptive word before a noun is an adjective; if it follows the noun it becomes a predicate.’
- ‘Last time, on our first grammar day, we learned about subjects and predicates.’
- ‘You don't need to worry about sentences with predicates and subjects.’
- ‘Please remember to answer in complete subject / predicate sentences to demonstrate your communicative skills.’
- ‘This is the subject, and the predicate has the form is + noun phrase.’
- ‘By dropping subjects, predicates, and/or prepositions, Sosnora often reduces sentences to fragments or even to phrases.’
- 1.1Logic Something that is affirmed or denied concerning an argument of a proposition.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In stating that the entity possesses the attribute, we use a predicate with a single argument.’
State, affirm, or assert (something) about the subject of a sentence or an argument of a proposition.‘a word that predicates something about its subject’‘aggression is predicated of those who act aggressively’
- ‘What can be predicated of a kind differs absolutely from what can be predicated of an individual.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It must simply be that the quantity may be truly predicated of the object.’
2predicate something on/uponFound or base something on.‘the theory of structure on which later chemistry was predicated’
base, be dependent, found, establish, rest, build, ground, premiseView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Second, social movements are predicated on, and derive their legitimacy from, mass mobilization and popular support.’
- ‘Part of our freedom is predicated on the right to act as economic agents.’
- ‘One just can't help feeling, however, that the entire base he has predicated his argument on is flawed.’
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’.
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