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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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  • He posited that the dementia does not create artistic powers in these patients, it uncovers them.
  • Social scientists have long posited a relationship between economic opportunity and marriage.
  • The loss of trust and confidence posited in the article is real, and administrators and faculty would be foolhardy to ignore it.
  • Do not paint an entire group of people as subscribing to an ideal you yourself have posited.
  • Scientists have posited that a portion of it evaporated into the atmosphere, but that the rest lies beneath the surface.
  • Some researchers have thus posited that the arachnids use only these strands when navigating their webs.
  • They further posited that the genes spliced into the plants were unstable and scattered around the genome in unpredictable ways.
  • So, you've posited a hypothesis with some corroborating evidence.
  • They utterly refute the suppositions posited in this heinous article.
  • In evolutionary psychology, hypotheses are posited to explain other hypotheses.
British Dictionary definitions for posited


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 posited



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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