from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having its quantity indicated by a verbal sign, as with "all", "none", etc.
  • v. To designate in advance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A term used by Sir William Hamilton to define propositions having their quantity indicated by a verbal sign; ; -- contrasted with preindesignate, defining propositions of which the quantity is not so indicated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To determine upon in advance, as to settle upon the characters for which a collection is to be sampled in advance of the examination of the sample.
  • In logic: Having the quantification of the subject distinctly expressed: said of a proposition.
  • Designated in advance.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Adjective coined by Sir William Hamilton.


  • The next time the government votes to go to war, I think every congressman and senator should be required to pr predesignate someone in their family begins immediate military service.

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  • Planners may predesignate a target for on-call attack by aviation assets.

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  • _Some_; but as _Most_ signifies that exceptions are known, and _Few_ that the exceptions are the more numerous, propositions thus predesignate are in fact exponibles, mounting to _Some are_ and _Some are not_.

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  • Again, such a proposition as _Man is the paragon of animals_ is not a preindesignate, but an abstract proposition; the subject being elliptical for _Man according to his proper nature_; and the translation of it into a predesignate proposition is not _All men are paragons_; nor can _Some men_ be sufficient, since an abstract can only be adequately rendered by a distributed term; but we must say, _All men who approach the ideal_.

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • Propositions whose quantity is thus left indefinite are technically called 'preindesignate,' their quantity not being stated or designated by any introductory expression; whilst propositions whose quantity is expressed, as _All foundling-hospitals have a high death-rate_, or _Some wine is made from grapes_, are said to be 'predesignate.'

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • Still, the quantity of the predicate is often an important consideration; and though in ordinary usage the predicate is seldom predesignate, Logicians agree that in every Negative Proposition (see § 2) the predicate is

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • The scientific course to adopt with propositions predesignate by _Most_ or _Few_, is to collect statistics and determine the percentage; thus,

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • It follows that, in re-casting a literary or colloquial sentence for logical purposes, we should try to obtain a form in which the subject is distributed -- is either a singular term or a general term predesignate as

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  • If you do not predesignate who your doctor is, your employer still directs your medical care.



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