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pos·tu·late

 (pŏs′chə-lāt′)
tr.v. pos·tu·lat·ed, pos·tu·lat·ing, pos·tu·lates
1. To assume or assert the truth, reality, or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument: "We can see individuals, but we can't see providence; we have to postulate it" (Aldous Huxley).
2. To propose as a hypothesis or explanation: Researchers now postulate that the disease is caused by a virus.
3. To assume as a premise or axiom; take for granted.
4. Archaic To make claim for; demand.
n. (pŏs′chə-lĭt, -lāt′)
1. Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument: "the postulate that there is little moral difference between the superpowers" (Henry A. Kissinger).
2. A fundamental element; a basic principle.
3. Mathematics An axiom.
4. Archaic A requirement; a prerequisite.

[Medieval Latin postulāre, postulāt-, to nominate to a bishopric, to assume, from Latin, to request; see prek- in Indo-European roots.]

pos′tu·la′tion n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postulation - (logic) a declaration of something self-evident; something that can be assumed as the basis for argument
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
declaration - a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
2.postulation - a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authoritypostulation - a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
application - a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school; "December 31 is the deadline for applications"
ingathering, solicitation, collection, appeal - request for a sum of money; "an appeal to raise money for starving children"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
demand - an urgent or peremptory request; "his demands for attention were unceasing"
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postulation

noun
Something taken to be true without proof:
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postulation

[ˌpɒstjʊˈleɪʃən] Npostulación f
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postulation

n (= act)Postulieren nt; (= theory)Postulat nt
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One of these is Moi's postulation that he was not worried too much about the opposition because he could buy certain leaders' support with just Sh100 and that's all he needed to get the backing of their supporters as well.
"In accordance with the laws of the Church, we hereby direct all those who are in possession of any writing, published or unpublished, which can be attributed to the Servant of God, and which has not yet been recorded in the Postulation of the Cause to submit these and all documents relevant to this Cause as soon as possible to the President of the Commission of Enquiry," he said.
He said Obasanjo's call for wide consultations with various groups as part of the efforts to tackle the Boko Haram crisis has been neutralised by his ill-advised comments which have served more to alienate a large number of Nigerians, who are offended by his tactless and distasteful postulation.
The study, published in the Anesthesia academic journal, shows that DNA repair gene expression is lower at baseline among night workers and further decreases after acute sleep deprivation, which supports the postulation that night workers demonstrate impaired DNA repair.
Summary: Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct 6 (ANI): For lakhs of people, the festival of Dussehra marks the victory of good over evil, of Lord Rama over Ravana, but there are few places in the country that have a different postulation about this belief.
Appealing to physical factors alone is already sufficient to explain the universe--why it exists, why it has the laws it has, and why its laws are fine tuned to the existence of intelligent life; adding God would just make things more complicated (i.e., the postulation of God to explain the universe is redundant).
Interestingly, this postulation needs changing with regard to contemporary politics.
While the Indian government spokespersons have attributed this move to being an anti-exploitation tool for the larger benefit of ensuring the safety of this segment of society, the postulation has yet to pass the test of reason.
The aim of this paper is to verify this postulation.
By means of gene postulation and pedigree analysis, the resistant genes to stripe rust in eighty-two wheat cultivars from the Gansu province in China were identified in 30 wheat genotypes with the known Yr gene and 26 Pst pathotypes at the seedling stage under controlled greenhouse conditions in the Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IPP CAAS), based on the gene-for-gene concept.
The stereotypical view gave Einstein a rather comedic public image, which ran counter to his many significant achievements, like his earthshaking postulation of the Theory of Relativity.