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: verb phrase]
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: proclaim]
3 involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic; "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well" [syn: connote]
Etymology 1From Middle French predicat (French prédicat), from post-classical praedicatum ‘thing said of a subject’, a noun use of the neuter past participle of praedicare ‘proclaim’, as Etymology 2, below.
- The part of the sentence (or clause) which states something
about the subject.
- In "The dog barked very loudly", the subject is "the dog" and the predicate is "barked very loudly".
- A statement that may be true or false depending on the values of its variables.
- An operator or function that returns either true or false.
Predicate or predication may refer to:
- Predicate (mathematics), a relation, or the boolean-valued characteristic function or indicator function of a relation
(logic), a fundamental concept in first-order logic
- in Bertrand Russell's theory of types, an act of typing: that is, assigning a type
- Syntactic predicate, specifies the syntactic validity of applying a production
- Predicate (grammar), the rest of a sentence apart from the subject
Predicate (computer programming), an operator or function which
returns a boolean value
- Branch predication, a choice to execute or not to execute a given instruction based on the content of a machine register
- in Resource Description Framework, a trait or aspect about that resource that is being described
predicate in Czech: Predikát (rozcestník)
predicate in German: Prädikat
predicate in Spanish: Predicado
predicate in Esperanto: Predikato
predicate in Ido: Predikato
predicate in Dutch: Predicaat
predicate in Portuguese: Predicado
predicate in Slovak: Predikát
predicate in Finnish: Predikaatti
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