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presupposition

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Supposition in advance of experience or knowledge; surmise; conjecture.
  • noun Postulation as of an antecedent condition; hence, that which is postulated as a necessary antecedent condition; a prerequisite.

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

  • noun The act of presupposing; an antecedent implication; presumption.
  • noun That which is presupposed; a previous supposition or surmise.

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

  • noun An assumption made beforehand; a preliminary conjecture or speculation.
  • noun The act of presupposing.

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

  • noun the act of presupposing; a supposition made prior to having knowledge (as for the purpose of argument)

Etymologies

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From Latin presuppositio, from the past participle stem of praesupponere ("to presuppose").

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