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  • = pre- (before) + dicare (to proclaim)
    • PIE root *deik- for "to show" or "to pronounce solemnly"

In general, a predicate is the basis for an idea, statement or proof.

In Grammar, the "predicate" is the verb and it's complements

  • i.e., what happens, or what the subject is or does
The deer leapt over the fence and landed on the other side
 subject | predicate 1           | predicate 2

In Logic, the predicate is the basis of an argument or point that makes it right or wrong

  • i.e., the "predicate" is the underlying idea
  • ex.

In Mathematics, the predicate is an assertion that contains variables