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postulate

[v. pos-chuh-leyt; n. pos-chuh-lit, -leyt] /v. ˈpɒs tʃəˌleɪt; n. ˈpɒs tʃə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), postulated, postulating.
1.
to ask, demand, or claim.
2.
to claim or assume the existence or truth of, especially as a basis for reasoning or arguing.
3.
to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.
4.
Mathematics, Logic. to assume as a postulate.
noun
5.
something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
6.
Mathematics, Logic. a proposition that requires no proof, being self-evident, or that is for a specific purpose assumed true, and that is used in the proof of other propositions; axiom.
7.
a fundamental principle.
8.
a necessary condition; prerequisite.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin postulātum petition, thing requested, noun use of neuter of past participle of postulāre to request, demand, akin to pōscere to request
Related forms
postulation, noun
postulational, adjective
repostulate, verb (used with object), repostulated, repostulating.
repostulate, noun
repostulation, noun
unpostulated, adjective
Synonyms
3. hypothecate, presuppose, conjecture. 5. hypothesis, theory; axiom; assumption, conjecture.
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Examples for postulating
  • One ethnic group writing and postulating about another will certainly command academic attention.
  • Economics is fabulous and fantastical for postulating its conclusion then fabricating statistical validation.
  • Observational astronomers partially solved this problem by postulating the existence of gaseous disks.
  • But then one has to say what the physics is postulating.
  • Instead of postulating matter and form, he bases existence on matter and force.
British Dictionary definitions for postulating

postulate

verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) (ˈpɒstjʊˌleɪt)
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
noun (ˈpɒstjʊlɪt)
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
Derived Forms
postulation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin postulāre to ask for, require; related to pōscere to request
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Word Origin and History for postulating
postulate
1433 (implied in postulation), "nominate to a church office," from M.L. postulatus, pp. of postulare "to ask, demand," probably formed from pp. of L. poscere "ask urgently, demand," from *posk-to-, Italic inchoative of PIE base *prek- "to ask questions" (cf. Skt. prcchati, Avestan peresaiti "interrogates," O.H.G. forskon, Ger. forschen "to search, inquire"). Use in logic dates from 1646, borrowed from M.L. The noun is first recorded 1588.
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postulating in Medicine

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.


pos'tu·la'tion n.
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postulating in Science
postulate
  (pŏs'chə-lĭt)   
See axiom.
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postulating in Culture

postulate definition


A statement accepted as true for the purposes of argument or scientific investigation; also, a basic principle. (See axiom.)

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