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[poz-it] /ˈpɒz ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to place, put, or set.
to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate.
something that is posited; an assumption; postulate.
Origin of posit
1640-50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put Unabridged
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  • Now why should we not posit quantity among the primary genera?

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • For how can he commend self-control and yet posit pleasure as the supreme good?

    De Officiis Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Let me posit here the ideal conditions for a morning pipe as I know them.


    Christopher Morley
  • There was no way to wound her so deeply as to posit its reality and identify it with her.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • If so, we may at least posit that almost unbounded license must be allowed the pen which aims simply to raise a laugh.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
British Dictionary definitions for posit


verb (transitive)
to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
to put in position
a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position
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Word Origin and History for posit

"to assert," 1690s, from Latin positus "placed, situated, standing, planted," past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position). Related: Posited; positing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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