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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.
1640-50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put Unabridged
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Examples from the web for posits
  • 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


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 posits



"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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