predicate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v predicate involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"
    • v predicate affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"
    • v predicate make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition "The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'"
    • n predicate one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
    • n predicate (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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Predicate Predicated.
    • Predicate (Logic) 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.
    • Predicate (Gram) The word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed of the subject.
    • v. i Predicate To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation.
    • Predicate To assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of another); as, to predicate whiteness of snow.
    • Predicate To found; to base.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • predicate To declare; assert; affirm; specifically, to affirm as an attribute or quality of something; attribute as a property or characteristic.
    • predicate To assert, as a proposition or argument, upon given grounds or data; found; hence, to base, as an action, upon certain grounds or security: as, to predicate a loan.
    • predicate Predicated; belonging to a predicate; constituting a part of what is predicated or asserted of anything; made, through the instrumentality of a verb, to qualify its subject, or sometimes its direct object: thus, in the following sentences the italicized words are predicate: he is an invalid; he is ill; it made him ill; they elected him captain.
    • n predicate That which is predicated or said of a subject in a proposition; in grammar, the word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed or denied of the subject; that part of the sentence which is not the subject. See proposition.
    • n predicate A class name; a title by which a person or thing may be known, in virtue of belonging to a class.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Predicate pred′i-kāt to affirm one thing of another: to assert: to base on certain grounds
    • n Predicate (logic and gram.) that which is stated of the subject
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praedicatum, neut. of praedicatus, p. p. praedicare,: cf. F. prédicat,. See Predicate (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

We may, therefore, further define a Proposition as 'a sentence in which one term is predicated of another.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
But after all, novelty can hardly be predicated of the views here criticised and opposed.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
Such is the evidence on which we predicate the existence of hecastotheism as a veritable stage of philosophy.
"Sketch of the Mythology of the North American Indians" by John Wesley Powell
Nothing of the kind can be predicated of any other ancient writings.
"The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels" by John Burgon
The calculations predicated on a site, distant about 60 miles from market.
"The Practical Distiller" by Samuel McHarry
Predicate of the sentence; defined; compound, predicate, explained.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
In connection with definition, the fifth predicable, difference, is useful.
"The Classification of Patents" by United States Patent Office
You cannot predicate anything else of it.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
In its true sense Natural Law predicates nothing of causes.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Thou art turned now into a predicant friar.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

Individual man is ever new created:
What his being's plan is, loosely predicated
On the circumstances of his sole condition,
Colored by the fancies borrowed from tradition.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
The Celt in all his variants from Builth to Ballyhoo,
His mental processes are plain—one knows what he will do,
And can logically predicate his finish by his start;
But the English—ah, the English!—they are quite a race apart.
"The Puzzler" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The ability to express " derived predicates" in the formalization of a planning domain is both practically and theoretically important.
Much of the negative conversation concerning Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform is predicated on the fact that it's fragmented .
How did orthodox Christianity, whose spread throughout the world was predicated in great part on its inclusiveness ('Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden'), come to be a symbol of exclusivity and intolerance .
Predicate verbs fend off 'death by PowerPoint'.
Saint Francois d'Assise: La predication aux oiseaux, S 175/1 ("St. Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds").
The linguistic theory of Applicative and Cognitive Grammar analyses the language in three levels as follows: the linguistic level, the predicative level, and the semantico-cognitive level.
Criminal Law – Felony murder predicate is either degree of adult abuse.
The corpus contains verbal predicates , serving as verb senses, that have semantic roles associated with each argument.
Double Jeopardy – Predicate Offense – Vacated.
Scott says that his critique of the public option is predicated on his detailed knowledge of the health care industry.
Try dropping a term like dangling participle or object predicative at your next office party and you'll see what I mean.
This 1959 Doris Day vehicle, costarring Rock Hudson and Tony Randall, launched a cycle of romantic comedies predicated on her character's chastity.
Twitter users are fairly predicable.
The history of hip-hop is predicated upon someone doing something that somebody else told them they weren't allowed to do.
Tomorrow's supply chains will be intertwined supply networks predicated on responding to supply and demand changes as they happen, not after the fact.
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In science:

Note that in this case, root(x) is the predicate usually denoted by min(x) (or x = min) and max1,1 (x) is the predicate max(x) (or x = max).
Algebraic characterization of logically defined tree languages
Predicates are strings starting with lowercase letters or symbols such as =, <, > (so called built-in predicates that have a fixed meaning).
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
Moreover, the defining program of a predicate p, denoted by def P (p), consists of def r (p) and the de fining programs of all predicates which occur in the bodies of rules in def r (p).
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
The intuition of the restriction on the de finition of the nest ed predicates is to ensure that these predicates are deterministically computable.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
First, a set is a predicate, and a definable set is a definable predicate, i.e., a definable function into the set {T , F } (or {0, 1}).
Definability of groups in $\aleph_0$-stable metric structures
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