Definition of Presuppose

1. Verb. Take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand. "I presuppose that you have done your work"

Exact synonyms: Suppose
Generic synonyms: Assume, Presume, Take For Granted
Specialized synonyms: Posit, Postulate, Premise, Premiss
Derivative terms: Presupposition



2. Verb. Require as a necessary antecedent or precondition. "This step presupposes two prior ones"
Exact synonyms: Suppose
Category relationships: Logic
Generic synonyms: Imply

Definition of Presuppose

1. v. t. To suppose beforehand; to imply as antecedent; to take for granted; to assume; as, creation presupposes a creator.

Definition of Presuppose

1. Verb. To assume some truth without proof, usually for the purpose of reaching a conclusion based on that truth. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Presuppose

1. [v -POSED, -POSING, -POSES]

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Literary usage of Presuppose

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1. The Republic of Plato by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (1881)
"... degree of knowledge I may presuppose? Yes, he said ; so much as that you may. And as for the words, there will be no difference between words which are ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"As soon as h» speaks, he can be refuted by his own words ; for his doubts also presuppose that 'unity of the intelligence and the intelligible world which ..."

3. Knowledge and Reality: A Criticism of Mr. F. H. Bradley's "Principles of Logic" by Bernard Bosanquet (1885)
"We agreed that negation does not presuppose an existing judgment against which it may be directed. Need it, however, presuppose even a question1 ..."

4. The Philosophical Basis of Theism: An Examination of the Personality of Man by Samue Harris (1883)
"I. The feelings pertaining to the rational idea of the Good presuppose the idea. I am not speaking of enjoyment, which belongs also with the natural ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"... and in doing so seems inevitably to embrace all judgments, that presuppose and include any action of the court granting or refusing an allowance against ..."

6. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1891)
"... kinship through females only" among savages.1 . ,The prevalence of the female line would not presuppose general promiscuity even if,' in some cases, ..."

7. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... while the lack of an ontology in other systems explains their vagueness and instability. likewise, presuppose the same foundations. ..."

8. The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries by Adolf von Harnack (1908)
"... great Latin churches, must have been of importance long before it emerges into the light of history. The early writings of Tertullian presuppose a large ..."

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