Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To assume or assert the truth, reality, or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument.
  • transitive verb To propose as a hypothesis or explanation.
  • transitive verb To assume as a premise or axiom; take for granted.
  • transitive verb Archaic To make claim for; demand.
  • noun Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.
  • noun A fundamental element; a basic principle.
  • noun Mathematics An axiom.
  • noun Archaic A requirement; a prerequisite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Postulated; assumed.
  • To invite; solicit; require by entreaty. See def. 3.
  • To assume without proof; lay down as something which has to be assumed, although it cannot be proved; take for granted.
  • In ecclesiastical law, to ask legitimate ecclesiastical authority to admit (a nominee) by dispensation, when a canonical impediment is supposed to exist. Lee, Glossary.
  • To make postulates or demands; urge a suit.
  • noun A petition; a suit; solicitation.
  • noun A proposition proposed for acceptance without proof; something taken for granted; an assumption.
  • noun A self-evident practical proposition, to the effect that something is possible: opposed to an axiom, as a self-evident proposition that something is impossible.
  • noun A condition for the accomplishment of anything.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Something demanded or asserted; especially, a position or supposition assumed without proof, or one which is considered as self-evident; a truth to which assent may be demanded or challenged, without argument or evidence.
  • noun (Geom.) The enunciation of a self-evident problem, in distinction from an axiom, which is the enunciation of a self-evident theorem.
  • adjective obsolete Postulated.
  • transitive verb To beg, or assume without proof.
  • transitive verb To take without express consent; to assume.
  • transitive verb obsolete To invite earnestly; to solicit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.
  • noun A fundamental element; a basic principle.
  • noun logic An axiom.
  • noun A requirement; a prerequisite.
  • verb To assume as a truthful or accurate premise or axiom, especially as a basis of an argument.
  • verb transitive, intransitive (Christianity, historical) To appoint or request one's appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
  • verb transitive, intransitive (obsolete) To request, demand or claim for oneself.

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

  • noun (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
  • verb take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom
  • verb maintain or assert
  • verb require as useful, just, or proper

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin postulāre, postulāt-, to nominate to a bishopric, to assume, from Latin, to request; see prek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Medieval Latin postulātum, past participle of postulāre ("to assume" later "to appoint or request ecclesiastical appointment"), from Latin, postulō ("request").

Examples

  • The global warming postulate is based almost entirely on models, and today's models are deliberately biased to support global warming.

    Trust the Experts: A Reasonable, Defeasible Presumption, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • I think your postulate is often true for me, but that show might be my exception.

    mrissa: TV main characters: why do they suck so?

  • But it must be taken into consideration that the above postulate is itself a product of Western race-egotism, urged by our belief in our own righteousness and fostered by a faith in ourselves which may be as erroneous as are most fond race fancies.

    The Yellow Peril

  • One of the ways you postulate is to examine available evidence and available processes.

    Another Look

  • It is fair to postulate from the comparison that romantic fantasies for both men and women often involve someone "ordinary" of the intended audience's own sex having a romance with someone "extraordinary" of the opposite sex.

    A Modestly Scandalous Confession

  • It is fair to postulate from the comparison that romantic fantasies for both men and women often involve someone "ordinary" of the intended audience's own sex having a romance with someone "extraordinary" of the opposite sex.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • If what you postulate is true, then both the lawyer and DeLay are too incompetent to enter into a courtroom to begin with.

    Think Progress » BREAKING: DeLay’s Lawyer Lies About MoveOn

  • We recognized the first main postulate of what was to become the binding change mechanism for ATP synthesis, namely that energy input was not used primarily to form the ATP molecule, but to promote the release of an already formed and tightly bound ATP.

    Paul D. Boyer - Autobiography

  • I still have a long way to go, but I believe that an understanding of how people make choices; under what conditions the rationality postulate is a useful tool; and how individuals make choices under conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity are fundamental questions that we must address in order to make further progress in the social sciences.

    Douglass C. North - Autobiography

  • But it must be taken into consideration that the above postulate is itself a product of Western race-egotism, urged by our belief in our own righteousness and fostered by a faith in ourselves which may be as erroneous as are most fond race fancies.

    The Yellow Peril

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