Pred·i·cate, a. Predicated.
Pred·i·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Predicated p. pr. & vb. n. Predicating.]
1. To assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of another); as, to predicate whiteness of snow.
2. To found; to base. [U.S.]
Note: ☞ Predicate is sometimes used in the United States for found or base; as, to predicate an argument on certain principles; to predicate a statement on information received. Predicate is a term in logic, and used only in a single case, namely, when we affirm one thing of another. “Similitude is not predicated of essences or substances, but of figures and qualities only.”
Pred·i·cate, v. i. To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation.
1. 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.
2. Gram. The word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed of the subject.
Syn: -- Affirmation; declaration.
n 1: (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: one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the
predicate contains the verb and its complements [syn: verb
v 1: make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition; "The
predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in
the sentence `Fido is a dog'"
2: affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of; "The speech
predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"
3: involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in
logic; "solving the problem is predicated on understanding
it well" [syn: connote]