premiss

premise

[prem-is]
noun
1.
Also, premiss. Logic. a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.
2.
premises.
a.
a tract of land including its buildings.
b.
a building together with its grounds or other appurtenances.
c.
the property forming the subject of a conveyance or bequest.
3.
Law.
a.
a basis, stated or assumed, on which reasoning proceeds.
b.
an earlier statement in a document.
c.
(in a bill in equity) the statement of facts upon which the complaint is based.
verb (used with object), premised, premising.
4.
to set forth beforehand, as by way of introduction or explanation.
5.
to assume, either explicitly or implicitly, (a proposition) as a premise for a conclusion.
verb (used without object), premised, premising.
6.
to state or assume a premise.

Origin:
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.
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premise
 
n
1.  logic Also: premiss a statement that is assumed to be true for the purpose of an argument from which a conclusion is drawn
 
vb
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]

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premise
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.
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