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posit

[poz-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place, put, or set.
  2. to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate.
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noun
  1. something that is posited; an assumption; postulate.
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Origin of posit

1640–50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put
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posit

verb (tr)
  1. to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
  2. to put in position
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noun
  1. a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position
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Word Origin and History for posited

posit

v.

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

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