from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That cannot be predicated or affirmed.
  • That cannot be predicted.


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  • But in my view, non-theistic religions suffer from paradoxes of impredication, e.g. Buddhists postulate “the emptiness of emptiness” which I believe is impredicable (takes too long to fully explain here).

    Please Tell Me What “God” Means

  • Thus, while animal is predicable of horse, and horse of Bucephalus, Bucephalus stands by himself, impredicable of, and hence, numerically different from anything else.

    Continental Rationalism

  • There is, no doubt, one constant element in the reckoning, namely, human nature, and perhaps another in human nature itself, -- the tendency to reaction from all extremes; but the way in which these shall operate, and the force they shall exert, are dependent on a multitude of new and impredicable circumstances.

    The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V Political Essays

  • In Russell's terminology, the question whether the word ` impredicable 'is predicable or, alternatively, is impredicable

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

  • (Perhaps a more accurate pair of terms would be ` self-impredicable 'and ` self-predicable.')

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

  • Various logicians, among them pre-eminently Bertrand Russell, noted that the antinomies of logic tended to contain the concept that Mr. Pollock calls ` nonself-referring, 'and which in mathematics is usually called ` impredicable,' as contrasted with ` predicable. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3


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