supposition


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sup·po·si·tion

 (sŭp′ə-zĭsh′ən)
n.
1. The act of supposing.
2. Something supposed; an assumption.

sup′po·si′tion·al adj.
sup′po·si′tion·al·ly adv.

supposition

(ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃən)
n
1. the act of supposing
2. a fact, theory, etc, that is supposed
ˌsuppoˈsitional adj
ˌsuppoˈsitionally adv
ˌsuppoˈsitionless adj

sup•po•si•tion

(ˌsʌp əˈzɪʃ ən)

n.
1. the act of supposing.
2. something that is supposed; assumption; hypothesis.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin suppositiō, Latin: substitution =supposi-, variant s. of suppōnere to put under, substitute (sup- sup- + pōnere to place) + -tiō -tion; compare suppose]
sup`po•si′tion•al, adj.
sup`po•si′tion•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.supposition - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidencesupposition - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
opinion, view - a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof; "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"
divination - successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
2.supposition - a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
conclusion - an intuitive assumption; "jump to a conclusion"
cornerstone, fundament, groundwork, basis, foundation, base - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
hypothesis, theory, possibility - a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
given, presumption, precondition - an assumption that is taken for granted
basic assumption, constatation, self-evident truth - an assumption that is basic to an argument
3.supposition - the cognitive process of supposing
conjecture - reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
presupposition - the act of presupposing; a supposition made prior to having knowledge (as for the purpose of argument)

supposition

noun belief, idea, notion, view, theory, speculation, assumption, hypothesis, presumption, conjecture, postulate, surmise, guesswork There's a popular supposition that we're publicly funded.

supposition

noun
1. A judgment, estimate, or opinion arrived at by guessing:
2. Something taken to be true without proof:
Translations

supposition

[ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃən] Nsuposición f
that is pure suppositioneso es una suposición or hipótesis nada más
the report was based on suppositionel informe estaba basado en suposiciones
it's based on the supposition thatse basa en la hipótesis de que ...

supposition

[ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃən] nsupposition f

supposition

n (no pl: = hypothesizing) → Mutmaßung f, → Spekulation f; (= thing supposed)Annahme f; based on (a) pure suppositionauf reiner Spekulation beruhend; going on the supposition that you are rightvorausgesetzt, dass Sie recht haben

supposition

[ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃn] n (frm) → supposizione f, ipotesi f inv
on the supposition that ... → partendo dal presupposto che...+ sub
References in classic literature ?
Pavel, the tall one, was said to be an anarchist; since he had no means of imparting his opinions, probably his wild gesticulations and his generally excited and rebellious manner gave rise to this supposition.
She remembered some vague intimations, on her brother's part, which--if the supposition were not essentially preposterous --might have been so interpreted.
On the supposition that Pearl, as already hinted, was of demon origin, these good people not unreasonably argued that a Christian interest in the mother's soul required them to remove such a stumbling-block from her path.
This was a rule indeed which only added to the satiric effect of my being plied with the supposition that he might at any moment be among us.
But such a supposition did by no means involve the remotest suspicion as to any boat's crew being assigned to that boat.
But not to speak of the passage through the whole length of the Mediterranean, and another passage up the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, such a supposition would involve the complete circumnavigation of all Africa in three days, not to speak of the Tigris waters, near the site of Nineveh, being too shallow for any whale to swim in.
If she should chance to meet any who knew her, she reflected that the well-known kindness of the family would be of itself a blind to suspicion, as making it an unlikely supposition that she could be a fugitive.
He conjectured that these were remains of the victims of the catastrophe of 1820, and a minute inquest, immediately instituted by the local authorities, soon demonstrated the correctness of his supposition.
The slightest inat- tention to these was unpardonable, and was visited upon those, under whose care they were placed, with the severest punishment; no excuse could shield them, if the colonel only suspected any want of attention to his horses--a supposition which he fre- quently indulged, and one which, of course, made the office of old and young Barney a very trying one.
This is in the supposition of his attachment continuing what it now is; but I do not know that I expect it will; I do not look upon him to be quite the sort of man I do not altogether build upon his steadiness or constancy.
If in the supposition of his seeking to marry herself, his difficulties from his mother had seemed great, how much greater were they now likely to be, when the object of his engagement was undoubtedly inferior in connections, and probably inferior in fortune to herself.
You do me too much honour," said the Marquis; "still, I prefer that supposition.