- n (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
- n one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
- v make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'
- v affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President
- v involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well
- He began by setting the predicate, with a sleek prcis of the Bush failures and John McCain's complicity.
- Indeed, this should be the natural predicate for Obama's positive argument in this election: that we desperately need to get our act together at home.
- In those moments, close observers knew, Powell was laying the predicate for a possible Democratic endorsement later in the year.
- John McCain in TIME
I'm saying it's laying a predicate for the future that can be very dangerous,McCain said on "Fox News Sunday." "History shows us where unlimited amounts of money are in political campaigns, it leads to scandal."
- Scott Johnson in NBC5i.com
The predicate of her campaign has been kind of a Clinton-era rerun, and I think she thought that was a powerhouse basis for her campaign, and it hasn't played out for her that way,said Johnson.
- Sam Brownback in Reuters
The term 'unlawful' is not excess baggage, and it is not mere semantics, it is a critical predicate to jurisdiction,Brownback wrote in the ruling.