Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A proclamation, announcement or preaching
  • n. An assertion or affirmation
  • n. A self-evident postulate
  • n. The parallel execution of all possible outcomes of a branch instruction, all except one of which are discarded after the branch condition has been evaluated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of predicating, or of affirming one thing of another; affirmation; assertion.
  • n. Preaching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of proclaiming publicly or preaching; hence, a sermon; a religious discourse.
  • n. The act of predicating or affirming one thing of another; formation or expression of judgment; affirmation; assertion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (logic) a declaration of something self-evident; something that can be assumed as the basis for argument

Etymologies

Middle English predicacion, from Anglo-Norman predicaciun, from Latin praedicatio, from praedicare. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _predication_; and, as all beliefs express ideas of relation, we may say that the sign of predication is the verbal symbol of a feeling of relation.

    Hume (English Men of Letters Series)

  • My predication is that this case will be fast-tracked up to the SCOTUS.

    Think Progress » College debate organizers unable to find any law professors to argue health reform is unconstitutional.

  • As Homi K. Bhabha has argued, the stereotype, as a structure of predication, is fraught with contradiction: on the one hand, it is supposed to articulate a naturalized, self-evident truth, something that "goes without saying"; and yet, the fact that the stereotype depends upon continual reiteration (as in Bromion's repeated reference to Oothoon's harlotry) suggests that its authority is always less than comfortably stable.

    Gender, Environment, and Imperialism in William Blake's _Visions of the Daughters of Albion_

  • His objections appear to stem from two deeply held intuitions, which I will call the predication intuition and the glue intuition.

    Tropes

  • But another is the idea of a substance as an ultimate subject of predication, that is, as something of which properties or relations may be predicated, but which is itself never predicated of anything else.

    Spinoza's Physical Theory

  • If the form connotated by the predicate-term is intrinsic to the nature of the subject, then the predication is a case of formal essential predication, while if it is extrinsic, the predication is a case of formal accidental predication.

    William Penbygull

  • Thus he divides real predication, which is a real relation between two entities of the world, into formal predication (praedicatio formalis) and predication by essence (praedicatio essentialis vel secundum essentiam).

    Johannes Sharpe

  • The process consists, first, in the mind's _fixing upon and resting in_ an object, which thereby becomes the subject of the sentence; and, secondly, in predication, which is movement, represented by the verb.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator

  • The form of words which expresses a predication is a proposition.

    Hume (English Men of Letters Series)

  • The real subject of the predication is the entire proposition, “Mohammed is the prophet of God;” and the affirmation is, that this is a legitimate inference from the proposition, “The Koran comes from God.”

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

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