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NOUN (2)

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;
- Example: "`Socrates is a man' predicates manhood of Socrates"

2. one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements;
[syn: predicate, verb phrase]


VERB (3)

1. make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition;
- Example: "The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'"

2. affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of;
- Example: "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"
[syn: predicate, proclaim]

3. involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic;
- Example: "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"
[syn: connote, predicate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Predicate \Pred"i*cate\, v. i. To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Predicate \Pred"i*cate\, n. [L. praedicatum, neut. of praedicatus, p. p. praedicare: cf. F. pr['e]dicat. See Predicate, v. t.] 1. (Logic) That which is affirmed or denied of the subject. In these propositions, "Paper is white," "Ink is not white," whiteness is the predicate affirmed of paper and denied of ink. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) The word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed of the subject. [1913 Webster] Syn: Affirmation; declaration. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Predicate \Pred"i*cate\, a. [L. praedicatus, p. p.] Predicated. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Predicate \Pred"i*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Predicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Predicating.] [L. praedicatus, p. p. of praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim. See Preach.] 1. To assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of another); as, to predicate whiteness of snow. [1913 Webster] 2. To found; to base. [U.S.] [1913 Webster] Note: Predicate is sometimes used in the United States for found or base; as, to predicate an argument on certain principles; to predicate a statement on information received. Predicate is a term in logic, and used only in a single case, namely, when we affirm one thing of another. "Similitude is not predicated of essences or substances, but of figures and qualities only." --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

predicate n 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" 2: one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements [syn: predicate, verb phrase] v 1: make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition; "The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'" 2: affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of; "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President" [syn: predicate, proclaim] 3: involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic; "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well" [syn: connote, predicate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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