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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 ?
Thus feeding his mind with many sweet thoughts and "sugared suppositions," he journeyed along the sides of a range of hills which look out upon some of the goodliest scenes of the mighty Hudson.
Nobody in the world ever doubted who did the things; but not a scrap of any direct evidence could be found to establish the suppositions, and Miss Ophelia was too just to feel at liberty to proceed to any length without it.
All this I was forced to define and describe by putting cases and making suppositions.
I thank you for the warning," said the count; "I shall endeavor to be prepared for all suppositions.
They attacked him in various way-- with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all, and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour, Lady Lucas.
Later, this circumstance served as proof to the charitable suppositions of jealousy.
You'd have seen that every one of your suppositions was wrong.
The possibility of being loved himself, "a man like me," as he put it, he ranked among ridiculous suppositions.
All that a sick man, irritated by suffering, can add of melancholy suppositions to probabilities already gloomy, Athos heaped up during the early hours of this dismal night.
Bartholomew was not due to Charles IX's will, though he gave the order for it and thought it was done as a result of that order; and strange as it may seem to suppose that the slaughter of eighty thousand men at Borodino was not due to Napoleon's will, though he ordered the commencement and conduct of the battle and thought it was done because he ordered it; strange as these suppositions appear, yet human dignity- which tells me that each of us is, if not more at least not less a man than the great Napoleon- demands the acceptance of that solution of the question, and historic investigation abundantly confirms it.
For surely all must admit that a man may be puffed and belauded, envied, ridiculed, counted upon as a tool and fallen in love with, or at least selected as a future husband, and yet remain virtually unknown-- known merely as a cluster of signs for his neighbors' false suppositions.
The story, as Lovell told it, sounded dramatic enough, and if the man were to come back to life again, fresh and vigorous, things might happen, provided, of course, that Lovell was right in his suppositions.