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Meaning & Definition of Predicate in English

English

Predicate

/prɛdəket/

noun

1. (logic) what is predicated of the subject of a proposition

  • The second term in a proposition is predicated of the first term by means of the copula
  • "`socrates is a man' predicates manhood of socrates"
    synonym:
  • predicate

2. One of the two main constituents of a sentence

  • The predicate contains the verb and its complements
    synonym:
  • predicate
  • ,
  • verb phrase

verb

1. Make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition

  • "The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `fido' in the sentence `fido is a dog'"
    synonym:
  • predicate

2. Affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of

  • "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be president"
    synonym:
  • predicate
  • ,
  • proclaim

3. Involve as a necessary condition of consequence

  • As in logic
  • "Solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"
    synonym:
  • connote
  • ,
  • predicate