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[prem-is] /ˈprɛm ɪs/
Also, premiss. Logic. a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.
  1. a tract of land including its buildings.
  2. a building together with its grounds or other appurtenances.
  3. the property forming the subject of a conveyance or bequest.
  1. a basis, stated or assumed, on which reasoning proceeds.
  2. an earlier statement in a document.
  3. (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.
Origin of 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
Related forms
repremise, verb, repremised, repremising.
Can be confused
premise, premises.
1. assumption, postulate. 5. postulate, hypothesize. Unabridged
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  • After breakfast, Adams piloted Polly over the premises, from the corral to the office.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • Though I should allow your premises, I must deny your conclusion.

  • From these premises it can be easily inferred that the standard of literary activity in Cuba could not have been very high.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • It did not occur to her to question his right to be on Mrs. Camp's premises.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • It was possible to secure the premises so that no person could enter even by the aid of false keys.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for premises


plural noun
a piece of land together with its buildings, esp considered as a place of business
  1. (in a deed, etc) the matters referred to previously; the aforesaid; the foregoing
  2. the introductory part of a grant, conveyance, etc
(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


noun (ˈprɛmɪs)
(logic) Also premiss. a statement that is assumed to be true for the purpose of an argument from which a conclusion is drawn
verb (prɪˈmaɪz; ˈprɛmɪs)
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to state or assume (a proposition) as a premise in an argument, theory, etc
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for premises

"building and grounds," 1730; see premise (n.).



late 14c., in logic, "a previous proposition from which another follows," from Old French premisse (14c.), from Medieval Latin premissa (propositio or sententia) "(the proposition) set before," noun use of fem. past participle of Latin praemittere "send forward, put before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + 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 the extended meaning "house or building, with grounds" (1730).


"to state before something else," mid-15c., from premise (n.). Related: Premised; premising.

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