Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To assume the existence of; postulate. See Synonyms at presume.
  • transitive v. To put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest: "If a book is hard going, it ought to be good. If it posits a complex moral situation, it ought to be even better” ( Anthony Burgess).
  • transitive v. To place firmly in position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that is posited; a postulate.
  • n. Abbreviation of position.
  • v. Assume the existence of; to postulate.
  • v. Propose for consideration or study; to suggest.
  • v. Put (something somewhere) firmly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To dispose or set firmly or fixedly; to place or dispose in relation to other objects.
  • transitive v. To assume as real or conceded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dispose, range, or place in relation to other objects.
  • To lay down as a position or principle; assume as real or conceded; present as a fact; affirm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom
  • n. (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
  • v. put (something somewhere) firmly
  • v. put before

Etymologies

From Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see position.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin positus, perfect participle of pōnō ("put, place"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The osteopathic philosophy posits that there is a unity between a living organism's anatomy and physiology.

    May 26, 2010