|1.||to assume to be true or existent; take for granted|
|2.||to ask, demand, or claim|
|3.||to nominate (a person) to a post or office subject to approval by a higher authority|
|4.||something taken as self-evident or assumed as the basis of an argument|
|5.||a necessary condition or prerequisite|
|6.||a fundamental principle|
|7.||logic, maths an unproved and indemonstrable statement that should be taken for granted: used as an initial premise or underlying hypothesis in a process of reasoning|
|[C16: from Latin postulāre to ask for, require; related to pōscere to request]|
postulate pos·tu·late (pŏs'chə-lāt')
v. pos·tu·lat·ed, pos·tu·lat·ing, pos·tu·lates
To assume or assert the truth or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument. n.
An unproved assertion or assumption, especially a statement offered as the basis of a theory.
A statement accepted as true for the purposes of argument or scientific investigation; also, a basic principle. (See axiom.)