Definitions of "predicate"
  1. Establishing or basing something on a particular element or principle
  2. Something happening before another offense, which forms the foundation or part of the foundation for a conviction of that offense
  3. Something that happens before and forms the basis for increasing the severity of a sentence upon conviction for a subsequent offense
How to use "predicate" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer’s argument did not have enough evidence to predicate his claim.
  2. A criminal's past actions could act as a predicate for a conviction in a current case.
  3. Repeated offenses of law could predicate sentence enhancement.

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