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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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  • 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.

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
  • It is therefore advisable to doubt every thing, in fact to deny every thing, to posit every thing as false.

  • 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
  • The word is adds no new predicate, but only serves to posit the predicate in its relation to the subject.

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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