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n. also prem·iss (prĕm′ĭs)
1. A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.
2. Logic
a. One of the propositions in a deductive argument.
b. Either the major or the minor proposition of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
3. premises
a. Land, the buildings on it, or both the land and the buildings on it.
b. A building or particular portion of a building.
c. Law The part of a deed that states the details of the conveyance of the property.
v. prem·ised, prem·is·ing, prem·is·es
1. To provide a basis for; base: "The American Revolution had been premised on a tacit bargain that regional conflicts would be subordinated to the need for unity among the states" (Ron Chernow).
2. To state or assume as a proposition in an argument.
3. To state in advance as an introduction or explanation.

[Middle English premisse, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praemissa (propositiō), (the proposition) put before, premise, from Latin, feminine past participle of praemittere, to set in front : prae-, pre- + mittere, to send.]
Word History: Why do we call a single building the premises? To answer this question, we must go back to the Middle Ages. The English word premises comes from the Latin praemissa, which is both a feminine singular and a neuter plural form of praemissus, the past participle of praemittere, "to send in advance, utter by way of preface, place in front, prefix." In Medieval Latin, the feminine form praemissa was often used with the sense "logical premise" in philosophical discussions, while the neuter plural praemissa was often used with the sense "things mentioned before" in legal documents. Latin praemissa was borrowed into Old French as premisse and thence into Middle English. In Middle English legal documents, the plural premisses came to be used with the sense "the property, collectively, which is specified in the beginning of a legal document and which is conveyed, as by grant." By the first half of the 1700s, this use of the word had given rise to the modern sense of premises, "a building with its grounds or appurtenances."
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a variant form of premise
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.premiss - a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
posit, postulate - (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
major premise, major premiss - the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion)
minor premise, minor premiss, subsumption - the premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term (which is the subject of the conclusion)
thesis - an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
precondition, stipulation, condition - an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
scenario - a postulated sequence of possible events; "planners developed several scenarios in case of an attack"
Verb1.premiss - take something as preexisting and given
presuppose, suppose - take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand; "I presuppose that you have done your work"
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References in classic literature ?
"Cogito, ergo sum" would be regarded by most people as having a true premiss. This, however, the behaviourist denies.
SOCRATES: From these premisses I proceed to argue the question whether I ought or ought not to try and escape without the consent of the Athenians: and if I am clearly right in escaping, then I will make the attempt; but if not, I will abstain.
It takes the premiss of Tetris and moves it a stage further by extending the movement to not just left and right but in all four directions.
"It still retains the same premiss and much of the style of the movie.
"It still retains the same premiss and in essence much of the style of the movie, which is a very stylish piece.
Premiss, ARM, director of the California chapter of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, couldn't agree more.
Nyberg, A (2008) Varldens mest konssegregerade arbetsmarknad i varldens mest jamstallda land, Stockholm, Premiss forlag.
More than 200 people attended the meeting - 98% against the building on the site of the current leisure centre on the premiss we will lose massive open green spaces or it will be bad for the area.
Halmi's examination of the 'Uses of Theology' is weighted more towards the work of Coleridge and takes the theoretical premiss of Toposforschung and M.
Indeed, if such a premiss were allowed, "the benefit of the protection could be granted even where the transfer of the fertilised ova into the uterus is postponed, for whatever reason, for a number of years, or even where such a transfer is definitively abandoned".
Second, it was Aristotle's practice to present arguments in the form of a syllogism, which according to his technical notion contains two premisses. From a purely historical point of view, therefore, translation T2 seems preferable because it is derived from a syllogism containing two premisses, whereas T1 is derived from an argument having only one premiss.