Here is the sentence it was used in: "It must simply be that the quantity may be trully predicated of the object." What does that mean?


For X to be predicated of {something} is philosophy and philosophy-of-language jargon which means that the assertion embodied by X is true with relation to the {something}.

It can be predicated of the giraffe that it has a long neck.

One of the giraffe's inherent attributes is that it has a long neck.

It can be said of the giraffe that it has a long neck.

Not to be confused with predicated on.

Democracy is predicated on the idea that peoples are able to govern themselves.

which means "founded on, based on".


Here meaning of predicated can be: base of, dependent on.

So here: the quantity is the factor on which the object is dependent.

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