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Dictionary definition for: Predicate

1. (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"

2. (v) make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition; "The predicate "dog" is predicated of the subject "Fido" in the sentence "Fido is a dog"

3. (n) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements

4. (v) affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of; "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"

5. (v) involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic; "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"

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