pred·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpre-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce predication (audio) \

Definition of predication

1 archaic
a : an act of proclaiming or preaching
b : sermon
2 : an act or instance of predicating: such as
a : the expression of action, state, or quality by a grammatical predicate
b : the logical affirmation of something about another especially : assignment of something to a class

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Recent Examples on the Web What was the predication of this Durham investigation? Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Ex-CIA Director John Brennan calls Durham inquiry a 'trolling exercise'," 18 Dec. 2020 Way back before spring training started in February, in the Before Times, the A’s were a strong postseason pick, and now, after the most unusual baseball season in memory, the team has still managed to fulfill that predication. Susan Slusser,, "A’s clinch playoff spot, Chris Bassitt looks like strong postseason option," 18 Sep. 2020 The lengthiest predications of how long coronavirus conditions could last stretch many months to a year if community-wide isolation isn’t enforced or embraced, according to reporting by Lily Jackson |, al, "Bang or bust: Will we get babies, divorces or both out of isolation?," 30 Mar. 2020 Democratic would-be presidential candidates rush to social media with the grimmest predications and loudest condemnations. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?," 8 Oct. 2019 My predication is that power will be assumed, taken where need be, by these communities., "Hartford’s future: 2020 visions of the city in 2025, in 2030," 22 Aug. 2019 But there’s documentation in criminal investigations and in counterintelligence investigations to explain the predication for the opening of a file, that is, the basis for the opening of a file. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Unbelievable James Comey," 10 Dec. 2018 Only a negligible percentage of Jews were Orthodox, and Jews of all denominations viewed religious Christians’ enthusiasm for them with suspicion, uncomfortable with its perceived predication on Jews’ conversion. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "The New Jewish-Christian Amity," 7 Sep. 2018 At this early stage, though, reliable predications are impossible. Lisa Mueller, Washington Post, "Niger’s protests are ramping up. Here’s why.," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of predication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for predication

Middle English predicacion, from Anglo-French predicaciun, from Latin praedication-, praedicatio, from praedicare

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“Predication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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