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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 of postulate
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 from the Web for postulating
Historical Examples
  • A delightful place to be buried in, postulating that delight can accompany a man to his tomb under any circumstances.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • I am not alone, then, in postulating the reality of the group mind.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • To explain the sacred character of totemic things by postulating this characteristic, is to answer the question by the question.

  • In short, every identity we reason from is made by our postulating an irrelevance of differences.

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • I am also postulating that satisfactions grow pari passu with our approximation to such reality.

    The Meaning of Truth William James
  • "It is interesting to watch them," he replied, postulating her mood.

  • So there is no need of postulating with Laplace an excessively high temperature of the original nebula.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • This, it would seem, reduces considerably the need for postulating modern influence so far as the method is concerned.

  • And it promised to be a mystery on a higher plane than the rather sordid affair we had been postulating.

    Aliens William McFee
  • But, in the task of postulating without authority from Nature, it seems impossible to stop short.

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

v.

1530s, "nominate to a church office," from Medieval Latin postulatus, past participle of postulare "to ask, demand; claim; require," probably formed from past participle of Latin poscere "ask urgently, demand," from *posk-to-, Italic inchoative of PIE root *prek- "to ask questions" (cf. Sanskrit prcchati, Avestan peresaiti "interrogates," Old High German forskon, German forschen "to search, inquire"). Use in logic dates from 1640s, borrowed from Medieval Latin.

n.

1580s, "a request, demand," from Latin postulatum "demand, request," properly "that which is requested," noun use of neuter past participle of postulare (see postulate (v.)). The sense in logic of "self-evident proposition" is from 1640s. The earlier noun in English was postulation (c.1400).

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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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