presupposition


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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.
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Noun1.presupposition - the act of presupposing; a supposition made prior to having knowledge (as for the purpose of argument)
supposal, supposition - the cognitive process of supposing

presupposition

noun assumption, theory, belief, premise, hypothesis, presumption, preconception, supposition, preconceived idea the presupposition that human life must be sustained for as long as possible

presupposition

noun
Something taken to be true without proof:
Translations

presupposition

[ˌpriːsʌpəˈzɪʃən] Npresuposición f

presupposition

[ˌpriːsʌpəˈzɪʃən] nprésupposé m
the presupposition that ... → le présupposé selon lequel ...pre-tax [ˌpriːˈtæks] adj [earnings, losses, profits] → avant impôt(s)pre-teen preteen [ˌpriːˈtiːn]
npréadolescent(e) m/f
adjpréadolescent(e)
pre-teen children → les préadolescents

presupposition

presupposition

[ˌpriːsʌpəˈzɪʃn] npresupposto
References in classic literature ?
The Squire had been used to parish homage all his life, used to the presupposition that his family, his tankards, and everything that was his, were the oldest and best; and as he never associated with any gentry higher than himself, his opinion was not disturbed by comparison.
As far as I have been able to divine the latent meaning of the objectors, it seems to originate in a presupposition that the people will be disinclined to the exercise of federal authority in any matter of an internal nature.
This appreciation of time-intervals is, however, obviously a product of memory, not a presupposition of it.
It has been often remarked that Descartes, having begun by dismissing all presuppositions, introduces several: he passes almost at once from scepticism to dogmatism.
Finally, and importantly, education about the environment coheres with the presupposition that schooling is about socialisation for social maintenance by encouraging the view that technical considerations are paramount in the resolution of environmental problems, and by neglecting the development of critical thinking about the subjective, value-laden, human element in environmental issues.
This premise of disunity was already receiving concrete manifestation in the presupposition of the Christian European as reality purged of supposed embodied vices of emotion and passion in a philosophical anthropology of the truly human as this disembodied Christian European archetype.
They comprise author's intention, text pragmatic orientation and presupposition.
This called for the utilization of the Pluridisciplinary approach that helped me to mix linguistics and mathematical approaches--more precisely, Linguistic Presupposition and Fractal Methodology.
This presupposition, and therefore the simple libertarian argument itself, is immensely idealistic, though this idealism may not be evident until the presupposition is made clear.
Hence, a presupposition is an idea that ahead of time underlies another idea or set of ideas.
Benedict observed, "It often happens that Christians are more concerned for the social, cultural and political consequences of their commitment, continuing to think of the faith as a self-evident presupposition for life in society.
There's another absolute presupposition that even most of the Labour Party has moved on from.