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pos·it

 (pŏz′ĭt)
tr.v. pos·it·ed, pos·it·ing, pos·its
1. To assume or put forward, as for consideration or the basis of argument: "If a book is hard going, it ought to be good. If it posits a complex moral situation, it ought to be even better" (Anthony Burgess).
2. To place firmly in position.
Phrasal Verb:
posit on (or upon)
To base (something) on an assumption regarding (something else); assume (something) to have (something else) as a basis: "His plan was posited on luck and failed to take account of delays caused by adverse weather and disease" (Fergus Fleming).

[From Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see position.]

posit

(ˈpɒzɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
2. to put in position
n
a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption
[C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position]

pos•it

(ˈpɒz ɪt)

v.t.
1. to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate.
2. to place, put, or set.
n.
3. something posited; assumption; postulate.
[1640–50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put]

posit


Past participle: posited
Gerund: positing

Imperative
posit
posit
Present
I posit
you posit
he/she/it posits
we posit
you posit
they posit
Preterite
I posited
you posited
he/she/it posited
we posited
you posited
they posited
Present Continuous
I am positing
you are positing
he/she/it is positing
we are positing
you are positing
they are positing
Present Perfect
I have posited
you have posited
he/she/it has posited
we have posited
you have posited
they have posited
Past Continuous
I was positing
you were positing
he/she/it was positing
we were positing
you were positing
they were positing
Past Perfect
I had posited
you had posited
he/she/it had posited
we had posited
you had posited
they had posited
Future
I will posit
you will posit
he/she/it will posit
we will posit
you will posit
they will posit
Future Perfect
I will have posited
you will have posited
he/she/it will have posited
we will have posited
you will have posited
they will have posited
Future Continuous
I will be positing
you will be positing
he/she/it will be positing
we will be positing
you will be positing
they will be positing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been positing
you have been positing
he/she/it has been positing
we have been positing
you have been positing
they have been positing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been positing
you will have been positing
he/she/it will have been positing
we will have been positing
you will have been positing
they will have been positing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been positing
you had been positing
he/she/it had been positing
we had been positing
you had been positing
they had been positing
Conditional
I would posit
you would posit
he/she/it would posit
we would posit
you would posit
they would posit
Past Conditional
I would have posited
you would have posited
he/she/it would have posited
we would have posited
you would have posited
they would have posited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.posit - (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
Bayes' postulate - (statistics) the difficulty of applying Bayes' theorem is that the probabilities of the different causes are seldom known, in which case it may be postulated that they are all equal (sometimes known as postulating the equidistribution of ignorance)
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
proposition - (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
assumption, premise, premiss - a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
Verb1.posit - put (something somewhere) firmly; "She posited her hand on his shoulder"; "deposit the suitcase on the bench"; "fix your eyes on this spot"
bury - place in the earth and cover with soil; "They buried the stolen goods"
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
sediment - deposit as a sediment
2.posit - put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
propose, suggest, advise - make a proposal, declare a plan for something; "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"
3.posit - take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom; "He posited three basic laws of nature"
presuppose, suppose - take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand; "I presuppose that you have done your work"
insist, assert - assert to be true; "The letter asserts a free society"

posit

verb put forward, advance, submit, state, assume, assert, presume, predicate, postulate, propound Several writers have posited the idea of a universal consciousness.

posit

verb
To take for granted without proof:
Informal: reckon.
Translations

posit

[ˈpɒzɪt] VTproponer como principio (that que) → postular

posit

n (= claim)Postulat nt, → Grundannahme f
vt
(rare: = put down) → absetzen
(= claim)postulieren; hypothesisaufstellen

posit

[ˈpɒzɪt] vt (frm) → postulare
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