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  1. (grammar) The part of the sentence (or clause) which states something about the subject.
In "The dog barked very loudly", the subject is "the dog" and the is "barked very loudly".
  1. (logic) A statement that may be true or false depending on the values of its variables.
  2. (computing) An operator or function that returns either true or false.
  • Dutch: gezegde
  • French: prédicat
  • German: Prí¤dikat
  • Spanish: predicado
verb (predicat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To announce or assert publically.
  2. (context, transitive, logic) To state, assert.
  3. (transitive) To suppose, assume; to infer.
    • 1859: There was a character about Madame Defarge, from which one might have predicated that she did not often make mistakes against herself in any of the reckonings over which she presided. " Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
    • 1881: Of anyone else it would have been said that she must be finding the afternoon rather dreary in the quaint halls not of her forefathers: but of Miss Power it was unsafe to so surely. " Thomas Hardy, A Laodicean
      1. (context, transitive, originally, US) To base (on); to assert on the grounds of.
    • 1978: the law is what constitutes both desire and the lack on which it is predicated. " Michel Foucault, The Will to Knowledge, trans. Robert Hurley (Penguin 1998, p. 81)

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