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.

1640–50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put

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posit (ˈpɒzɪt)
1.  to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
2.  to put in position
3.  a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption
[C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position]

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Word Origin & History

1647, from L. positus, pp. of ponere "put, place" (see position).
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Example sentences
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.
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