Definitions

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

  • n. A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.
  • n. Logic One of the propositions in a deductive argument.
  • n. Logic Either the major or the minor proposition of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
  • n. Law The preliminary or explanatory statements or facts of a document, as in a deed.
  • n. Land and the buildings on it.
  • n. A building or part of a building.
  • transitive v. To state in advance as an introduction or explanation.
  • transitive v. To state or assume as a proposition in an argument.
  • intransitive v. To make a premise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition.
  • n. Any of the first propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is deduced.
  • n. Matters previously stated or set forth; esp., that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the habendum; the thing demised or granted.
  • n. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts (in this sense, used most often in the plural form).
  • v. To state or assume something as a proposition to an argument
  • v. To make a premise

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition.
  • n. Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
  • n. Matters previously stated or set forth; esp., that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the habendum; the thing demised or granted.
  • n. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts
  • intransitive v. To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.
  • transitive v. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
  • transitive v. To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows; especially, to lay down premises or first propositions, on which rest the subsequent reasonings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set forth or make known beforehand, as introductory to the main subject; offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows; lay down as an antecedent proposition.
  • To send before the time.
  • To state premises; preface an argument or other discourse with premises.
  • n. A judgment causing another judgment; a proposition belief in which leads to the belief in another proposition called a conclusion; a proposition from which, with or without others, something is inferred or concluded.
  • n. A condition set forth; a supposition.
  • n. plural In law, what has been stated before or above (in a document); the aforesaid.
  • n. Hence plural The subject of a conveyance; lands and houses or tenements; a house or building and the outhouses and places belonging to it.

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

  • v. set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
  • v. furnish with a preface or introduction
  • n. a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
  • v. take something as preexisting and given

Etymologies

Middle English premisse, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praemissa (propositiō), (the proposition) put before, premise, from Latin, feminine past participle of praemittere, to set in front : prae-, pre- + mittere, to send.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French premisse, from Medieval Latin premissa ("set before") (premissa propositio ("the proposition set before")), feminine past participle of Latin premittere ("to send or put before"), from pre- ("before") + mittere ("to send") (Wiktionary)

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