An example of predicate is "ate lunch" in the sentence "Mary ate lunch."
An example of predicate is to confirm the kindness of someone who has recently made a large contribution to a charity.
The sermon predicated the perfectibility of humankind.
I predicated my argument on the facts.
In "The dog barked very loudly", the subject is "the dog" and the predicate is "barked very loudly".
A predicate adjective.
A nullary predicate is a proposition. Also, an instance of a predicate whose terms are all constant "” e.g., P(2,3) "” acts as a proposition.
A predicate can be thought of as either a relation (between elements of the domain of discourse) or as a truth-valued function (of said elements).
A predicate is either valid, satisfiable, or unsatisfiable.
There are two ways of binding a predicate's variables: one is to assign constant values to those variables, the other is to quantify over those variables (using universal or existential quantifiers). If all of a predicate's variables are bound, the resulting formula is a proposition.
Origin of predicate
- Late Latin praedicāre praedicāt- from Latin to proclaim prae- pre- dicāre to proclaim deik- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French predicate (French prÃ©dicat), from post-classical Late Latin praedicatum (“thing said of a subject"), a noun use of the neuter past participle of praedicare (“proclaim"), as Etymology 2, below.
- From Latin predicÄtus, perfect passive participle of praedicÅ, from prae + dicÅ (“declare, proclaim"), from dicÅ (“say, tell").