WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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 ask, demand, or claim.
- 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, Philosophyto assume as a postulate.
- something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
- Mathematics, Philosophya 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;
- a fundamental principle.
- a necessary condition;
- Latin postulātum petition, thing requested, noun, nominal use of neuter of past participle of postulāre to request, demand, akin to pōscere to request
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hypothecate, presuppose, conjecture.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hypothesis, theory;