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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 ?
It has been often remarked that Descartes, having begun by dismissing all presuppositions, introduces several: he passes almost at once from scepticism to dogmatism.
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.
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.
This appreciation of time-intervals is, however, obviously a product of memory, not a presupposition of it.
Looking in turn at theology and the historiography of science, then at theology and the philosophical foundations and boundaries of science, he examines such topics as the historical roots of the conflict thesis, whether the Galileo affair was the smoking gun in the war between science and religion, general metaphysical presuppositions of science and their theological foundations, and whether science has limits.
Presuppositions are implicit assumptions that are especially difficult to challenge because they seem obvious, and mostly even go unrecognized as assumptions.
At the meeting, Larijani criticized that Westerners are trying to impose their beliefs about human rights, which are based on their own presuppositions, on other countries.
One of the presumed properties of the presuppositions is that they would be conventionally linked to the expression; thus, they should also be "detachable".
The intention in this paper is to proffer a tentative explanation of the strength of the commitment to education about the environment in terms of taken-for-granted presuppositions about teaching and curriculum.
He deploys secularization theory in order to unearth the religious-eschatological presuppositions of Wilson's liberal internationalism and to critique the illiberal and totalizing implications of these presuppositions, particularly the idea that history is a redemptive process, with America as providentially appointed savior, an idea which he suggests continues to deform American foreign policy.
The normativity of presuppositions was understood as soon as they were discovered; it was immediately obvious that presuppositions are preconditions for the semantic and pragmatic appropriateness of utterances.