AskDefine | Define apodosis

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From απο and δοσις.


  1. The consequential clause in a conditional sentence.
    In "I will be coming if this weather holds up", "I will be coming" is the apodosis.


Extensive Definition

In linguistics, an apodosis is the main clause in a conditional sentence; that is, in a sentence of the form If X, then Y, the apodosis is then Y (expressing the conclusion). The term is commonly contrasted with protasis, which denotes the subordinate clause in such a construction; that is, in a sentence of the form If X, then Y, the protasis is if X (expressing the condition).
In logic, the apodosis corresponds to the consequent, the protasis to the antecedent.
In the liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church, an Apodosis is the final day of an Afterfeast.
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