adj : (grammar) of adjectives; relating to or occurring within the
predicate of a sentence; "`red' is a predicative
adjective in `the apple is red'" [syn: predicative
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: (linguistics) one of the two main constituents of a
sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its
complements [syn: verb phrase
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