pos•tu•late/v. ˈpɑstʃəˌleɪt; n. -lɪt, -ˌleɪt/USA pronunciationv.,-lat•ed, -lat•ing,n. v.
to suggest or assume the existence or truth of (something), esp. as a basis for further reasoning: [~ + object]She postulated an increase in population and went on from there to form a theory of population change.[~ + that clause]began by postulating that good and evil exist in all people.
something assumed to be true and used as a basis for reasoning:a postulate that human beings were created for a purpose.
to claim or assume the existence or truth of, esp. as a basis for reasoning or arguing.
to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.
Mathematics, Philosophy[Math., Logic.]to assume as a postulate.
something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
Mathematics, Philosophy[Math., 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.
Latin postulātum petition, thing requested, noun, nominal use of neuter of past participle of postulāre to request, demand, akin to pōscere to request