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posit

[poz-it] /ˈpɒz ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to place, put, or set.
2.
to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate.
noun
3.
something that is posited; an assumption; postulate.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put
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  • One major problem with the theory, she writes, is that short-term memory turns out to be much more complex than the model posits.
  • The second argument posits that sharing personal information online will prevent naturally-inclined introverts from staying so.
  • He posits not only laws but also a law-enforcement agency: a computer.
  • With the aid of some algorithms, he posits, that information could help us identify things to do or new people to meet.
  • One then posits the finer the hairs the harder to fling drier.
  • Truth is, any hypothesis that uses a time dimension posits a block universe by definition.
  • Joy's article is long on hand-wringing, but short on any practical approach to mitigate the problems he posits.
  • Weber posits that much communal action originates from a charismatic event.
  • Nevertheless, his sentiment does not reflect reality: he is not a living example of the elegance he posits.
  • It posits that the mere consideration of the phenomenon previously described changes the observer.
British Dictionary definitions for posits

posit

/ˈpɒzɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
2.
to put in position
noun
3.
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 posits

posit

v.

"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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