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Capable of being stated or predicated: a predicable conclusion.
1. Something, such as a general quality or attribute, that can be predicated.
2. One of the general attributes of a subject or class. In scholastic thought, the attributes are genus, species, property, differentia, and accident; in Aristotelian thought, they are definition, genus, proprium, and accident.
[Late Latin praedicābilis, from praedicāre, to proclaim publicly, preach, predicate; see preach.]
pred′i·ca·bil′i·ty, pred′i·ca·ble·ness n.
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capable of being predicated or asserted
1. a quality, attribute, etc, that can be predicated
2. (Logic) logic obsolete one of the five Aristotelian classes of predicates (the five heads of predicables), namely genus, species, difference, property, and relation
[C16: from Latin praedicābilis, from praedicāre to assert publicly; see predicate, preach]
ˌpredicaˈbility, ˈpredicableness n
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pred•i•ca•ble(ˈprɛd ɪ kə bəl)
1. able to be predicated or affirmed; assertable.n.
2. that which may be predicated; an attribute.
3. Logic. any one of the various kinds of predicate that may be used of a subject.
[1545–55; < Latin praedicābilis assertable, Latin: praiseworthy =praedicā(re) to declare publicly (see predicate) + -bilis -ble]
pred`i•ca•bil′i•ty, pred′i•ca•ble•ness, n.
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