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[pred-i-kuh-buh l] /ˈprɛd ɪ kə bəl/
that may be predicated or affirmed; assertable.
that which may be predicated; an attribute.
Logic. any one of the various kinds of predicate that may be used of a subject.
Origin of predicable
1545-55; < Latin praedicābilis assertable, Latin: praiseworthy, equivalent to praedicā(re) to declare publicly (see predicate) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
predicability, predicableness, noun
predicably, adverb
unpredicable, adjective
unpredicableness, noun
unpredicably, adverb Unabridged
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  • But the first of these suppositions is impossible: for then both would be predicable of both, which cannot be.

    Dante. An essay. R. W. Church
  • Thus 'man' is predicable of the individual man, and is never present in a subject.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • This may seem to imply that existence is predicable of the transcendental self.

  • In connection with definition, the fifth predicable, difference, is useful.

    The Classification of Patents United States Patent Office
  • Whatever "unity" is predicable of either form of art is a wholly different thing from whatever "unity" is predicable of the other.

    Play-Making William Archer
  • Much the same appears to be at present predicable of the publisher.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • Bare activity would thus be predicable, though there were no definite direction, no actor, and no aim.

British Dictionary definitions for predicable


capable of being predicated or asserted
a quality, attribute, etc, that can be predicated
(logic, obsolete) one of the five Aristotelian classes of predicates (the five heads of predicables), namely genus, species, difference, property, and relation
Derived Forms
predicability, predicableness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praedicābilis, from praedicāre to assert publicly; see predicate, preach
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