But this is only the beginning and it is needful to know how to recognize whether a definition is or is not predicative.
A predicative adjective is usually placed after the verb, and noun or pronoun, to which it relates.
The present of all the active verbs uses this predicative form, while their aorists and futures employ possessive forms.
In a qualifying or predicative sense participles generally follow their noun or pronoun.
The predicative adjective can stand before or after the verb—halt sunt li pui (Latin podia), e tenebrus e grant.
A phrase is often clearer if the conjunction ke be used instead of a predicative participle.
The Semitic man would call on God in adjectives only, or in words which always conveyed a predicative meaning.
Thus the definitions which should be regarded as not predicative are those which contain a vicious circle.
Its advent is not, however, predicative of any special happening.
This is unnecessary if we regard συνεχῆ as predicative, and I think this way of taking it gives sufficient sense.
mid-15c., a term in logic, from Middle French predicat and directly from Medieval Latin predicatum, from Latin praedicatum "that which is said of the subject," noun use of neuter past participle of praedicare "assert, proclaim, declare publicly," from prae- "forth, before" (see pre-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Grammatical sense is from 1630s. Related: Predicative; predicator; predicatory.
1887, from Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare "proclaim, announce" (see predicate (n.)).
1550s, back formation from predication, or else from Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare "proclaim, announce" (see predicate (n.)). Related: Predicated; predicating. Phrase predicated on "founded on, based on," is American English, first recorded 1766.