I noun assertion, assumed truth, assumption, axiom, conjecture, foundation, hypothesis, premise, speculation, starting point, statement, suggestion, sumptio, supposal, supposition, surmise, theorem, thesis, truism II verb advance, assume, conjecture, consider, contend, determine, guess, hazard a supposition, hypothesize, infer, posit, predicate, premise, presume, presuppose, propound, put forth, put forward, reason, regard as axiomatic, specify, speculate, start, suggest, surmise, take as an axiom, take for granted, theorize, venture a conjecture, venture a supposition III index assumption (supposition), avow, claim (legal demand), comment (noun), comment (verb), concept, condition (contingent provision), conjecture, deduction (conclusion), generalization, guess, hypothesis, infer, inference, maxim, opine, pose (propound), posit, presume, presumption, presuppose, principle (axiom), propose, proposition, propound, require (compel), supposition, suspicion (uncertainty), theory, thesis

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  • Postulate — Pos tu*late, n. [L. postulatum a demand, request, prop. p. p. of postulare to demand, prob. a dim. of poscere to demand, prob. for porcscere; akin to G. forschen to search, investigate, Skr. prach to ask, and L. precari to pray: cf. F. postulat.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Postulate — Pos tu*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Postulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Postulating}.] 1. To beg, or assume without proof; as, to postulate conclusions. [1913 Webster] 2. To take without express consent; to assume. [1913 Webster] The Byzantine emperors… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • postulate# — postulate vb *presuppose, presume, assume, premise, posit Analogous words: affirm, aver, predicate, *assert postulate n presupposition, presumption, assumption, premise, posit (see under PRESUPPOSE) Analogous words: *principle, axiom, theorem,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Postulate — Pos tu*late, a. Postulated. [Obs.] Hudibras. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • postulate — (v.) early 15c. (implied in postulation), nominate to a church office, from M.L. postulatus, pp. of postulare to ask, demand, probably formed from pp. of L. poscere ask urgently, demand, from *posk to , Italic inchoative of PIE root *prek to ask… …   Etymology dictionary

  • postulate — [v] suppose, figure advance, affirm, assert, assume, aver, estimate, guess, hypothesize, posit, predicate, premise, presuppose, propose, put forward, speculate, suppose, take for granted, theorize; concepts 12,26 Ant. calculate …   New thesaurus

  • postulate — ► VERB 1) suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning or belief. 2) nominate or elect to an ecclesiastical office subject to the sanction of a higher authority. ► NOUN ▪ a thing postulated. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • postulate — [päs′chə lāt΄; ] for n., usually [, päs′chəlit] vt. postulated, postulating [< L postulatus, pp. of postulare, to demand < base of poscere, to demand < IE * pṛk̑skā, question < base * perk̑ , to ask > Ger frage, question] 1. to… …   English World dictionary

  • postulate — I n. (formal) a postulate that + clause (his postulate that the area was uninhabited proved to be true) II v. (formal) (L) they postulated that the collision had been caused by fog * * * [ pɒstjʊleɪt] (formal) (L) they postulated that the… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • postulate — I UK [ˈpɒstjʊleɪt] / US [ˈpɑstʃəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms postulate : present tense I/you/we/they postulate he/she/it postulates present participle postulating past tense postulated past participle postulated formal to claim or imagine… …   English dictionary

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