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tr.v. pos·it·ed, pos·it·ing, pos·itsPhrasal Verb:
1. To assume or put forward, as for consideration or the basis of argument: "If a book is hard going, it ought to be good. If it posits a complex moral situation, it ought to be even better" (Anthony Burgess).
2. To place firmly in position.
posit on (or upon)
To base (something) on an assumption regarding (something else); assume (something) to have (something else) as a basis: "His plan was posited on luck and failed to take account of delays caused by adverse weather and disease" (Fergus Fleming).
[From Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see position.]
1. to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
2. to put in position
a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption
[C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position]
1. to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate.
2. to place, put, or set.n.
3. something posited; assumption; postulate.
[1640–50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put]
Past participle: posited
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|Noun||1.||posit - (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning|
Bayes' postulate - (statistics) the difficulty of applying Bayes' theorem is that the probabilities of the different causes are seldom known, in which case it may be postulated that they are all equal (sometimes known as postulating the equidistribution of ignorance)
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
proposition - (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
|Verb||1.||posit - put (something somewhere) firmly; "She posited her hand on his shoulder"; "deposit the suitcase on the bench"; "fix your eyes on this spot"|
bury - place in the earth and cover with soil; "They buried the stolen goods"
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
sediment - deposit as a sediment
|2.||posit - put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"|
|3.||posit - take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom; "He posited three basic laws of nature"|
presuppose, suppose - take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand; "I presuppose that you have done your work"