pred·​i·​ca·​tion ˌpre-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce predication (audio)
: an act of proclaiming or preaching
: sermon
: an act or instance of predicating: such as
: the expression of action, state, or quality by a grammatical predicate
: 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 Here's what to know about just how reliable his predications have come to be: How often is Punxsutawney Phil right? USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2024 What was the predication of this Durham investigation? Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, 18 Dec. 2020 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, 10 Dec. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of predication was in the 14th century

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“Predication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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