Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Supposition in advance of experience or knowledge; surmise; conjecture.
- n. Postulation as of an antecedent condition; hence, that which is postulated as a necessary antecedent condition; a prerequisite.
- n. An assumption made beforehand; a preliminary conjecture or speculation.
- n. The act of presupposing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of presupposing; an antecedent implication; presumption.
- n. That which is presupposed; a previous supposition or surmise.
- n. the act of presupposing; a supposition made prior to having knowledge (as for the purpose of argument)
- From Latin presuppositio, from the past participle stem of praesupponere ("to presuppose"). (Wiktionary)
“Inherent in this presupposition is the idea that progress is the privilege of Europeans 'descendants, out of which biased ideas about Africans and others are fostered and accepted as truth.”
“The second presupposition is seen in the expression “liturgy of the Church” meaning the post-conciliar forms.”
“Your presupposition is that our government needs to maintain its current level of spending, or will increase spending, which, while entirely likely, will dip again at some point, the nature of the economy being slightly cyclical.”
“New Mysterianism is often characterized as a presupposition that some problems cannot be solved.”
“January 21st, 2010 at 2: 09 pm pezmiztix says: backup says … .. that’s your presupposition – not mine. it appears no one has the answer. but for you to suppose my presupposition is presumptuous. however, it’s become apparent that public sentiment has decided nothing is better than something.”
“He gave a fuller explanation of the notion of presupposition than he had previously provided.”
“This indicates that in this case the presupposition is a pragmatic phenomenon.”
“It seems to me that one of the most contentious and unremarked upon effects of speculative realism has to do with its attack on a piece of continental dogma - namely the presupposition that ontology is necessarily political.”
“A presupposition is a statement where you assume that the person is going to do something.”
“Most of the arguments against GR/SR on close examination turn out to suppose that they are not maximally applied -- that is, the presupposition is that they are not systematically and thoroughly applied, so that it is possible to engage in reciprocity at one level of generality (e.g., exposing someone to the classical music you yourself like, because you would like to be so exposed) that violates reciprocity at a more general level (e.g., not exposing someone to music they find temperamentally unpleasant, because you would not like to be exposed to music you find temperamentally unpleasant).”
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