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supposition

[suhp-uh-zish-uh n] /ˌsʌp əˈzɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act of supposing.
2.
something that is supposed; assumption; hypothesis.
Origin of supposition
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin suppositiōn- (stem of suppositiō) substitution (E meaning by association with suppose), equivalent to supposit(us) (past participle of suppōnere to substitute) + -iōn- -ion. See sup-, position
Related forms
suppositional, adjective
suppositionally, adverb
nonsuppositional, adjective
nonsuppositionally, adverb
unsuppositional, adjective
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Examples from the Web for suppositional
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  • In the Petyt, however, we get a suppositional explanation of its manifestly purer text.

  • And for that we owe much to the so-called ‘theory of suppositional opposites.’

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Is it strange that God should have a suppositional 25 opposite?

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Human men reflect the communal mortal mind, which is the suppositional opposite of the divine mind that is God.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • And that is the opposite––the suppositional opposite––of the mind that is God.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • “It is a primitive statement of what is sometimes called the ‘Theory of suppositional opposites’”, replied Hitt.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • This lower, misnamed mind is a false claim, a suppositional mind, which I prefer to call mortal mind.

    Unity of Good Mary Baker Eddy
British Dictionary definitions for suppositional

supposition

/ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of supposing
2.
a fact, theory, etc, that is supposed
Derived Forms
suppositional, adjective
suppositionally, adverb
suppositionless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for suppositional

supposition

n.

early 15c., a term in logic, from Late Latin suppositionem (nominative suppositio) "assumption, hypothesis," noun of action from past participle stem of supponere (see suppose); influenced by Greek hypothesis.

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