Definition of Postulate

1. Noun. (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning.

Exact synonyms: Posit
Specialized synonyms: Bayes' Postulate, Assumption, Premise, Premiss
Category relationships: Logic
Generic synonyms: Proposition
Derivative terms: Posit



2. Verb. Maintain or assert. "He contended that Communism had no future"
Exact synonyms: Contend
Generic synonyms: Claim
Derivative terms: Contention

3. Verb. Take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom. "He posited three basic laws of nature"
Exact synonyms: Posit
Generic synonyms: Presuppose, Suppose
Specialized synonyms: Assert, Insist
Derivative terms: Posit, Position, Postulation, Postulator

4. Verb. Require as useful, just, or proper. "They postulate him to write the letter"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
Exact synonyms: Ask, Call For, Demand, Involve, Necessitate, Need, Require, Take
Specialized synonyms: Claim, Exact, Take, Govern, Draw, Cost, Cry For, Cry Out For, Compel
Related verbs: Claim, Exact, Take
Derivative terms: Demand, Demand, Necessity, Necessity, Need, Requirement
Antonyms: Obviate

Definition of Postulate

1. n. Something demanded or asserted; especially, a position or supposition assumed without proof, or one which is considered as self-evident; a truth to which assent may be demanded or challenged, without argument or evidence.

2. a. Postulated.

3. v. t. To beg, or assume without proof; as, to postulate conclusions.

Definition of Postulate

1. Noun. Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument. ¹

2. Noun. A fundamental element; a basic principle. ¹

3. Noun. (logic) An axiom. ¹

4. Noun. A requirement; a prerequisite. ¹

5. Verb. To assume as a truthful or accurate premise or axiom, especially as a basis of an argument. ¹

6. Verb. (ambitransitive) (Christianity historical) To appoint or request one's appointment to an ecclesiastical office. ¹

7. Verb. (ambitransitive) (obsolete) To request, demand or claim for oneself. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Postulate

1. [v -LATED, -LATING, -LATES]

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Literary usage of Postulate

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1. The Theory of Relativity by Robert Daniel Carmichael (1913)
"THE FIRST CHARACTERISTIC postulate. " With this definition before us we are now able to state the first characteristic postulate of relativity: postulate M. ..."

2. The Theory of Relativity by Robert Daniel Carmichael (1920)
"THE FIRST CHARACTERISTIC postulate. With this definition before us we are now able to state the first characteristic postulate of relativity: postulate M. ..."

3. The Theory of Relativity by Robert Daniel Carmichael (1920)
"THE FIRST CHARACTERISTIC postulate. With this definition before us we are now able to state the first characteristic postulate of relativity: postulate M. ..."

4. The Theory of Relativity by Robert Daniel Carmichael (1913)
"THE FIRST CHARACTERISTIC postulate. With this definition before us we are now able to state the first characteristic postulate of relativity: postulate M. ..."

5. Lectures on Fundamental Concepts of Algebra and Geometry by John Wesley Young (1911)
"LECTURE III ON THE HISTORY OF THE PARALLEL postulate Euclid's Attitude toward ... Euclid's fifth postulate states that if two lines in a plane are cut by a ..."

6. Lectures on Fundamental Concepts of Algebra and Geometry by John Wesley Young (1911)
"LECTURE III ON THE HISTORY OP THE PARALLEL postulate Euclid's Attitude toward ... Euclid's fifth postulate states that if two lines in a plane are cut by a ..."

7. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1905)
"EUCLID'S PARALLEL postulate: Its Nature, Validity, ... He then discusses the psychology of the parallel postulate, comparing it to its kindred conceptions. ..."

8. Thought and Things: A Study of the Development and Meaning of Thought, Or by James Mark Baldwin (1908)
"The postulate, however, is not a general meaning with reference to the content for which it is postulated. The place of the ana case as a particular in the ..."

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