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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pos•tu•late /v. ˈpɑstʃəˌleɪt; n. -lɪt, -ˌleɪt/USA pronunciation
v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
pos•tu•la•tion /ˌpɑstʃəˈleɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
- something assumed to be true and used as a basis for reasoning:a postulate that human beings were created for a purpose.
(v. pos′chə lāt′;n. pos′chə lit, -lāt′), v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing, n.
- 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, 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;
- a fundamental principle.
- a necessary condition;
3 . hypothecate, presuppose, conjecture. 5 . hypothesis, theory;
- Latin postulātum petition, thing requested, noun, nominal use of neuter of past participle of postulāre to request, demand, akin to pōscere to request
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
postulate vb /ˈpɒstjʊˌleɪt/(tr; may take a clause as object)
- to assume to be true or existent; take for granted
- to ask, demand, or claim
- to nominate (a person) to a post or office subject to approval by a higher authority
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin postulāre to ask for, require; related to pōscere to requestˌpostuˈlation n
- something taken as self-evident or assumed as the basis of an argument
- a necessary condition or prerequisite
- a fundamental principle
- an unproved and indemonstrable statement that should be taken for granted: used as an initial premise or underlying hypothesis in a process of reasoning