Definitions for predicateˈprɛd ɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predicate(noun)

    (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. predicate, verb phrase(verb)

    one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements

  3. predicate(verb)

    make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition

    "The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'"

  4. predicate, proclaim(verb)

    affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of

    "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"

  5. connote, predicate(verb)

    involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic

    "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predicate(verb)

    to assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of another); as, to predicate whiteness of snow

  2. Predicate(verb)

    to found; to base

  3. Predicate(verb)

    to affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation

  4. Predicate(verb)

    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

  5. Predicate(verb)

    the word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed of the subject

  6. Predicate(adj)


  7. Origin: [L. praedicatus, p. p.]


  1. Predicate

    There are two competing notions of the predicate in theories of grammar. Traditional grammar tends to view a predicate as one of two main parts of a sentence, the other part being the subject. The purpose of the predicate is to modify the subject. The other understanding of predicates is inspired from work in predicate calculus and is prominent in modern theories of syntax and grammar. On this approach, the predicate of a sentence corresponds mainly to the main verb and any auxiliaries that accompany the main verb, whereby the arguments of that predicate are outside of the predicate. The competition between these two concepts has generated confusion concerning the use of the term predicate in theories of grammar. This article considers both of these notions.

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