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pre·sup·pose

 (prē′sə-pōz′)
tr.v. pre·sup·posed, pre·sup·pos·ing, pre·sup·pos·es
1. To believe or suppose in advance: "In passing moral judgments ... we presuppose that a man's actions, and hence also his being a good or a bad man, are in his power" (Leo Strauss).
2. To require or involve necessarily as an antecedent condition: "The term tax relief ... presupposes a conceptual metaphor: Taxes are an affliction" (George Lakoff).

pre·sup′po·si′tion (prē-sŭp′ə-zĭsh′ən) n.
pre·sup′po·si′tion·al adj.

presuppose

(ˌpriːsəˈpəʊz)
vb (tr)
1. to take for granted; assume
2. to require or imply as a necessary prior condition
3. (Philosophy) philosophy logic linguistics to require (a condition) to be satisfied as a precondition for a statement to be either true or false or for a speech act to be felicitous. Have you stopped beating your wife? presupposes that the person addressed has a wife and has beaten her
presupposition n

pre•sup•pose

(ˌpri səˈpoʊz)

v.t. -posed, -pos•ing.
1. to suppose or assume beforehand; take for granted in advance.
2. to require or imply as an antecedent condition: An effect presupposes a cause.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French]
pre`sup•po•si′tion (-sʌp əˈzɪʃ ən) n.

presuppose


Past participle: presupposed
Gerund: presupposing

Imperative
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presuppose
Present
I presuppose
you presuppose
he/she/it presupposes
we presuppose
you presuppose
they presuppose
Preterite
I presupposed
you presupposed
he/she/it presupposed
we presupposed
you presupposed
they presupposed
Present Continuous
I am presupposing
you are presupposing
he/she/it is presupposing
we are presupposing
you are presupposing
they are presupposing
Present Perfect
I have presupposed
you have presupposed
he/she/it has presupposed
we have presupposed
you have presupposed
they have presupposed
Past Continuous
I was presupposing
you were presupposing
he/she/it was presupposing
we were presupposing
you were presupposing
they were presupposing
Past Perfect
I had presupposed
you had presupposed
he/she/it had presupposed
we had presupposed
you had presupposed
they had presupposed
Future
I will presuppose
you will presuppose
he/she/it will presuppose
we will presuppose
you will presuppose
they will presuppose
Future Perfect
I will have presupposed
you will have presupposed
he/she/it will have presupposed
we will have presupposed
you will have presupposed
they will have presupposed
Future Continuous
I will be presupposing
you will be presupposing
he/she/it will be presupposing
we will be presupposing
you will be presupposing
they will be presupposing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been presupposing
you have been presupposing
he/she/it has been presupposing
we have been presupposing
you have been presupposing
they have been presupposing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been presupposing
you will have been presupposing
he/she/it will have been presupposing
we will have been presupposing
you will have been presupposing
they will have been presupposing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been presupposing
you had been presupposing
he/she/it had been presupposing
we had been presupposing
you had been presupposing
they had been presupposing
Conditional
I would presuppose
you would presuppose
he/she/it would presuppose
we would presuppose
you would presuppose
they would presuppose
Past Conditional
I would have presupposed
you would have presupposed
he/she/it would have presupposed
we would have presupposed
you would have presupposed
they would have presupposed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.presuppose - take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand; "I presuppose that you have done your work"
assume, presume, take for granted - take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; "I assume his train was late"
postulate, posit - take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom; "He posited three basic laws of nature"
premiss, premise - take something as preexisting and given
2.presuppose - require as a necessary antecedent or precondition; "This step presupposes two prior ones"
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
imply - suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

presuppose

verb presume, consider, accept, suppose, assume, take it, imply, take for granted, postulate, posit, take as read All your arguments presuppose that he is a rational man.

presuppose

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

presuppose

[ˌpriːsəˈpəʊz] VTpresuponer

presuppose

[ˌpriːsəˈpəʊz] vtprésupposer

presuppose

vtvoraussetzen; (= require also)zur Voraussetzung haben

presuppose

[ˌpriːsəˈpəʊz] vtpresupporre
References in classic literature ?
I had never heard in the theatre lines that were alive, that presupposed and took for granted, like those which passed between Varville and Marguerite in the brief encounter before her friends entered.
German Socialism forgot, in the nick of time, that the French criticism, whose silly echo it was, presupposed the existence of modern bourgeois society, with its corresponding economic conditions of existence, and the political constitution adapted thereto, the very things whose attainment was the object of the pending struggle in Germany.
Thus, in the Lynceus of Theodectes, the Complication consists of the incidents presupposed in the drama, the seizure of the child, and then again * *
He perceived that such a picture presupposed, on her part, the experience, the versatility, the freedom of judgment, which she had been carefully trained not to possess; and with a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.
Therefore he reasoned that wickedness presupposed a small and worthless soul, or the entire lack of one.
Baudoyer was considered the more able of the two; his position as head of a bureau presupposed labor that was more intricate and arduous than that of a cashier.
In the present lecture I shall attempt the analysis of memory-knowledge, both as an introduction to the problem of knowledge in general, and because memory, in some form, is presupposed in almost all other knowledge.
Eugene is also in attendance, with a pervading air upon him of having presupposed the ceremony to be a funeral, and of being disappointed.
In writing the history of unfashionable families, one is apt to fall into a tone of emphasis which is very far from being the tone of good society, where principles and beliefs are not only of an extremely moderate kind, but are always presupposed, no subjects being eligible but such as can be touched with a light and graceful irony.
According to Maduro, the plan presupposed his physical removal and a simultaneous attack on Syria.
detailed description of procurement specifying the minimum required technical specifications is presupposed in the list annexed to the tender documents.
However, an alternative form of egalitarianism may be contrasted with the variety to which it is often presupposed egalitarians subscribe.