Definition of apodosis in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɒdəsɪs/

noun (plural apodoses /əˈpɒdəsiːz/)

The main clause of a conditional sentence (e.g. I would agree in if you asked me I would agree). Often contrasted with protasis.
Example sentences
  • 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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