# What does the hydrolysis of a salt tell us about its basic/acidic character?

I'm curious to know how basicity and acidity arises when a salt or covalent compound is dissolved in water.

Consider silver sulfide as an example. This salt has a Ksp value of about ${6*10^{-51}}$. Despite the fact that the sulfide anion is a highly basic Brønsted/Lowry base, a solution of silver sulfide will actually exhibit a pH of 7.0.