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

Examples of predication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The standards for doing so, criminal predication, are not high. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Two Dead Canaries in the Coal Mine," 11 May 2017

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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