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ˈprɛd ɪˌkeɪt; -kɪtpred·i·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predicatenoun

    (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 phraseverb

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

  3. predicateverb

    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, proclaimverb

    affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of

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

  5. connote, predicateverb

    involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic

    "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predicateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. praedicatus, p. p.]

  2. Predicateverb

    to found; to base

    Etymology: [L. praedicatus, p. p.]

  3. Predicateverb

    to affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation

    Etymology: [L. praedicatus, p. p.]

  4. Predicateverb

    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

    Etymology: [L. praedicatus, p. p.]

  5. Predicateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. praedicatus, p. p.]

  6. Predicateadjective


    Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Predicate

    pred′i-kāt, v.t. to affirm one thing of another: to assert: to base on certain grounds.—n. (logic and gram.) that which is stated of the subject.—n. Predicā′tion, act of predicating: assertion: affirmation.—adj. Predicā′tive, expressing predication or affirmation: affirming: asserting.—adv. Pred′icātively.—adj. Pred′icātory, affirmative. [L. prædicāre, -ātum, to proclaim.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. predicatenoun or adjective

    (adj.) relating to or being any of a series of criminal acts upon which prosecution for racketeering may be predicated. Note that racketeering is a pattern of illegal activity (as extortion and murder) that is carried out in furtherance of an enterprise (as a criminal syndicate) which is owned or controlled by those engaged in such activity (FindLaw)

  2. predicatenoun or adjective

    (noun) an act that may be describe as predicate

  3. predicatenoun or adjective

    (noun) a person who has engaged in a predicate "Yeah, you got a felony, but you ain't a predicate Never the King of New York, you live in Connecticut." -- Jadakiss (Checkmate (50 cent diss))

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of predicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of predicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of predicate in a Sentence

  1. Rick Hasen:

    This is why they want to delay certification, because delaying certification could be a predicate to arguing that the state didn't make a choice, and that the legislature should step in.

  2. The Delaware Supreme Court:

    We agree with the trial court that the individual defendants breached their fiduciary duties by engaging in conduct that fell outside the range of reasonableness, and that this was a sufficient predicate for its finding of aiding and abetting liability against Royal Bank of Canada.

  3. Rob Stutzman:

    The predicate of the nation’s problems - and the party’s problems - going forward is that too many Republicans have promoted the falsehood that the election was stolen.

  4. Clint Eastwood:

    And yeah, it's a dumb thing to say. I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something, he's said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody - the press and everybody's going,' Oh, well, that's racist,' and they're making a big hoodoo out of it. Just fucking get over it. It's a sad time in history.

  5. Rick Wilson:

    There is a certain power of an indictment that had not been present in the equation, at this point, it's hard to see what the predicate is for a Chris Christie presidential run.

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