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[uh-pod-uh-sis] /əˈpɒd ə sɪs/
noun, plural apodoses
[uh-pod-uh-seez] /əˈpɒd əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
the clause expressing the consequence in a conditional sentence, often beginning with then, as “then I will” in “If you go, then I will.”.
Compare protasis (def 1).
Origin of apodosis
1630-40; < Late Latin < Greek: a returning, answering clause, equivalent to apo(di)(nai) to give back (apo- apo- + didónai to give) + -sis -sis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The apodosis (qu'est-ce que je ferais) is omitted and only the protasis is expressed.

    Contes Franais Douglas Labaree Buffum
  • The apodosis of an implied condition: 'If you prayed for me, the fire would rise'.

  • The Subjunctive in the apodosis of conditional sentences of this type is of the Potential variety.

    New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett
  • Here we regularly have the Indicative in both Protasis and apodosis.

    New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for apodosis


noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(logic, grammar) the consequent of a conditional statement, as the game will be cancelled in if it rains the game will be cancelled Compare protasis
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek: a returning or answering (clause), from apodidonai to give back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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