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[poz-it] /ˈpɒz ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to place, put, or set.
to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate.
something that is posited; an assumption; postulate.
Origin of posit
1640-50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put Unabridged
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Examples from the web for posit
  • So let me posit something equally fair.
  • What I'm saying is, posit your conclusions as questions to the group.
  • Other scientists posit information as a basic building block of the universe, like energy and matter.
  • Participants record short videos in which they ask a question or posit their opinion about whatever is on their mind.
  • Others posit that such fat could serve as reserves in times when food is scarce.
  • Some people posit that mysteries are a solid and orderly form in what is for us a very disorderly time.
  • Don't posit something that most other nations have.
  • By and large, the Enlightenment did not posit disbelief in a deity.
  • Or - to posit another possible idea - what if he is thinking ahead.
  • Game theorists posit that even suicide bombers are rational actors.
British Dictionary definitions for posit


verb (transitive)
to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
to put in position
a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position
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Word Origin and History for posit

"to assert," 1690s, from Latin positus "placed, situated, standing, planted," past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position). Related: Posited; positing.

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