Predicate

Predicate or predication may refer to:

  • Branch predication (computer programming), a choice to execute or not to execute a given instruction based on the content of a machine register
  • Predicate (grammar), a grammatical component of a sentence
  • Predicate (mathematical logic), a fundamental concept in first-order logic
  • Syntactic predicate, specifies the syntactic validity of applying a production

Famous quotes containing the word predicate:

    The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    The predicate of truth-value of a proposition, therefore, is a mere fictive quality; its place is in an ideal world of science only, whereas actual science cannot make use of it. Actual science instead employs throughout the predicate of weight.
    Hans Reichenbach (1891–1953)