noun (plural apodoses /-ˌsēz/)Grammar
The main (consequent) clause of a conditional sentence (e.g., I would agree in if you asked me I would agree). Often contrasted with protasis.
- However, it's crucial that the second part of such a sentence (the apodosis of the conditional) normally also has a modal preterite, often would or could or might, but not will or can or may.
- In the majority of instances, will and shall express a conditional future and are the forms used in the apodosis of future conditionals (the part without if): If you ask them, they will do it.
- Well, if the apodosis is assumed to be true, then the conditional relation is truth-conditionally moot.
Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek, from apodidonai 'give back'.
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