Definition of predicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpredəkət/
1The part of a sentence or clause containing a verb and stating something about the subject (e.g., went home in John went home): [as modifier]: predicate adjective
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  • This is the subject, and the predicate has the form is + noun phrase.
  • You don't need to worry about sentences with predicates and subjects.
  • Please remember to answer in complete subject / predicate sentences to demonstrate your communicative skills.
1.1 Logic Something that is affirmed or denied concerning an argument of a proposition.
Example sentences
  • The theory that existence is not a predicate implies, however, that all existential propositions are synthetic.
  • Both Kant and Russell for example are interested in the logical issue of whether existence is a predicate.
  • In ‘On Interpretation’ Aristotle argues that a single assertion must always either affirm or deny a single predicate of a single subject.


Pronunciation: /ˈpredəˌkāt/
[with object]
1 Grammar & Logic State, affirm, or assert (something) about the subject of a sentence or an argument of proposition: a word that predicates something about its subject aggression is predicated of those who act aggressively
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  • Anything we please can be made to serve as a logical predicate; the subject can even be predicated of itself; for logic abstracts from all content.
  • What can be predicated of a kind differs absolutely from what can be predicated of an individual.
  • So Scotus claims that pure perfection can be predicated of God.
2 (predicate something on/upon) Found or base something on: the theory of structure on which later chemistry was predicated
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  • One just can't help feeling, however, that the entire base he has predicated his argument on is flawed.
  • Second, social movements are predicated on, and derive their legitimacy from, mass mobilization and popular support.
  • Consider, for example, the scope of the authority Mary believes the love-charm affords her and what, in the end, that authority is predicated upon.
base, be dependent, found, establish, rest, ground, premise



Pronunciation: /ˌpredəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Phillips's syntax does the same thing, deferring predication so that we will be drawn to the end of the poem.
  • It is true that purely mathematical discourse has no use for tensed predications, but reference to numbers can occur in other kinds of discourse than the purely mathematical.
  • According to this refined view, a predication is made not by combining two ideas or presentations, but by combining two judgements.


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin praedicatum 'something declared', neuter of praedicatus 'declared, proclaimed', past participle of the verb praedicare, from prae 'beforehand' + dicare 'make known'.

Words that rhyme with predicate

dedicate, medicate

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Syllabification: pred·i·cate

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