1. Traditional Logic.
of or pertaining to a word
meaning so that it can be used as a term in a proposition.
Contemporary Logic. of or pertaining to a word or symbol having an independent meaning apart from the context of other words or symbols.
< Greek katēgorēmat-,
stem of katēgorēma
predicate (in logic), accusation, charge (equivalent to katēgorē-,
variant stem of katēgoreîn
to predicate, prove (see category
) + -ma
noun suffix) + -ic