# "Predication" — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below…

Here predication is referring to one of: chromosomal analysis, self identification or visual inspection. The idea is that chromosomal analysis provides a predicate ("men have XY; women have XX") which is used to distinguish the sexes.

Am I using the word correctly here?

Other options might include:

• Distinguisher — I made that up
• Distinguishment — also made up
• Differentiator — I'd like to use word variety if possible and not reuse this word in the sentence
• Discriminator — perhaps only engineers use this word, also unfortunately "discriminate" has negative baggage which is not wanted here
• Standard — this is unnecessarily generic, a discriminator is more specific than a standard

In engineering and programming contexts it is common that you need to choose a word to describe each of a group of things. And then you use that word to represent those things. This is context in which I'm asking. -- For example "pick a number between 1 and 10 and then multiply that number by five". And programmers will say `\$pickedNumber * 5`. -- This is why I'm seeking a specific word choice rather than a way to reword the sentence to avoid choosing this word.

• Predication here just means a claim of fact. There are three such claims about sexual differentiation and the author (you?) will review each of them. Jul 10, 2016 at 7:34
• Have you considered simply omitting the word? That is, "... we review each of these below", or even "we review each below". Keep it simple :) Jul 13, 2016 at 7:28
• In engineering and programming contexts it is common that you need to choose a word to describe each of a group of things. And then you use that word to represent those things. This is context in which I'm asking. -- For example "pick a number between 1 and 10 and then multiply that number by five". And programmers will say `\$pickedNumber + 5`. -- This is why I'm seeking a specific word choice rather than a way to reword the sentence to avoid choosing this word. Jan 25, 2019 at 15:10
• Am I triggering people because this example mentions gender, a sensitive topic, or is word choice off-topic for this Stack Exchange community? Jan 25, 2019 at 15:13
• The last paragraph of the question, added later, makes the question less, rather than more, clear. In every conceptual framework there are broad concepts covering several of the narrower ones; that is not in any way specific to engineering and programming. Jan 25, 2019 at 16:56