- 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
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Examples from the Web for positing
Animal rights philosophers are positing a problem that might have no practical solution.The Absurdity of Vegan Ethics
January 23, 2013
It is merely the positing of a thing, or of certain determinations in it.The Critique of Pure Reason
Where is the necessity of positing the same thing twice, of having it twice?The Essence of Christianity
But this posited object is nothing other than the positing subject.A History of Philosophy in Epitome
I seem to be positing the principle of inequality: the reverse of this is the truth.What is Property?
P. J. Proudhon
The pure ego is inferred from the fact that the non-ego is realized only in the act of the ego in positing it.
- 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
C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position
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Word Origin and History for positing
"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