Also, premiss. Logic. a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.
a tract of land including its buildings.
a building together with its grounds or other appurtenances.
the property forming the subject of a conveyance or bequest.
a basis, stated or assumed, on which reasoning proceeds.
an earlier statement in a document.
(in a bill in equity) the statement of facts upon which the complaint is based.
verb (used with object), premised, premising.
to set forth beforehand, as by way of introduction or explanation.
to assume, either explicitly or implicitly, (a proposition) as a premise for a conclusion.
verb (used without object), premised, premising.
to state or assume a premise.

1325–75; Middle English premiss < Medieval Latin praemissa, noun use of feminine of Latin praemissus past participle of praemittere to send before, equivalent to prae- pre- + mittere to send. See dismiss, remiss

repremise, verb, repremised, repremising.

1. assumption, axiom, premise, presumption ; 2. premise, premises.

1. assumption, postulate. 5. postulate, hypothesize. Unabridged
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1.  logic Also: premiss a statement that is assumed to be true for the purpose of an argument from which a conclusion is drawn
2.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to state or assume (a proposition) as a premise in an argument, theory, etc
[C14: from Old French prémisse, from Medieval Latin praemissa sent on before, from Latin praemittere to dispatch in advance, from prae before + mittere to send]

premises (ˈprɛmɪsɪz)
pl n
1.  a piece of land together with its buildings, esp considered as a place of business
2.  law
 a.  (in a deed, etc) the matters referred to previously; the aforesaid; the foregoing
 b.  the introductory part of a grant, conveyance, etc
3.  law (in the US) the part of a bill in equity that states the names of the parties, details of the plaintiff's claims, etc

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., in logic, "a previous proposition from which another follows," from O.Fr. premisse, from M.L. premissa (propositio) "(the proposition) set before," fem. pp. of L. praemittere "send or put before," from prae- "before" + mittere "to send" (see mission). In legal
documents it meant "matter previously stated" (early 15c.), which in deeds or wills often was a house or building, hence extended meaning of "house or building, with grounds" (1730). The verb meaning "to state before something else" is from 1520s.

"building and grounds," 1730; see premise.
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Example sentences
The hotel also boasts a fine-dining restaurant on its premises and picturesque
  scenery on the grounds of the hotel.
The risk-reducing formulas behind portfolio theory rely on a number of
  demanding and ultimately unfounded premises.
The worst part about moving to the small town of Bridgewater is that her family
  has to live on the premises of the hospital.
Calm was restored when the counterman assured us that there was another pie on
  the premises.
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