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[v. pos-chuh-leyt; n. pos-chuh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), postulated, postulating.
to ask, demand, or claim.
to claim or assume the existence or truth of, especially as a basis for reasoning or arguing.
to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.
Mathematics, Logic. to assume as a postulate.
something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
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.
a fundamental principle.
a necessary condition; prerequisite.

1525–35; < Latin postulātum petition, thing requested, noun use of neuter of past participle of postulāre to request, demand, akin to pōscere to request

postulation, noun
postulational, adjective
repostulate, verb (used with object), repostulated, repostulating.
repostulate, noun
repostulation, noun
unpostulated, adjective

3. hypothecate, presuppose, conjecture. 5. hypothesis, theory; axiom; assumption, conjecture.
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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
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
[C16: from Latin postulāre to ask for, require; related to pōscere to request]

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Word Origin & History

1433 (implied in postulation), "nominate to a church office," from M.L. postulatus, pp. of postulare "to ask, demand," probably formed from pp. of L. poscere "ask urgently, demand," from *posk-to-, Italic inchoative of PIE base *prek- "to ask questions" (cf. Skt. prcchati, Avestan peresaiti "interrogates,"
O.H.G. forskon, Ger. forschen "to search, inquire"). Use in logic dates from 1646, borrowed from M.L. The noun is first recorded 1588.
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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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postulate   (pŏs'chə-lĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
See axiom.
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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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