Associations to the word «Postulate»

Wiktionary

POSTULATE, noun. Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.
POSTULATE, noun. A fundamental element; a basic principle.
POSTULATE, noun. (logic) An axiom.
POSTULATE, noun. A requirement; a prerequisite.
POSTULATE, adjective. Postulated.
POSTULATE, verb. To assume as a truthful or accurate premise or axiom, especially as a basis of an argument.
POSTULATE, verb. (ambitransitive) (Christianity) (historical) To appoint or request one's appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
POSTULATE, verb. (ambitransitive) (obsolete) To request, demand or claim for oneself.

Dictionary definition

POSTULATE, noun. (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning.
POSTULATE, verb. Maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no future".
POSTULATE, verb. Take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom; "He posited three basic laws of nature".
POSTULATE, verb. Require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent".

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