- Also prem·iss. Logic. a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.
- a tract of land including its buildings.
- a building together with its grounds or other appurtenances.
- the property forming the subject of a conveyance or bequest.
- a basis, stated or assumed, on which reasoning proceeds.
- an earlier statement in a document.
- (in a bill in equity) the statement of facts upon which the complaint is based.
- to set forth beforehand, as by way of introduction or explanation.
- to assume, either explicitly or implicitly, (a proposition) as a premise for a conclusion.
- to state or assume a premise.
Origin of premise
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Examples from the Web for premise
ThinkProgress calls the premise “uncomfortable and vaguely sad.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
The premise of the sketch was that sex was too spontaneous to be regulated, and the quiz show played that idea to the hilt.How Antioch College Got Rape Right 20 Years Ago
December 10, 2014
But its premise—that jazz artists take themselves far too seriously—would get repeated again and again in subsequent days.What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
The only thing more horrifying than the premise of this video is the resolution.Marcel the Shell Returns, Potty-Mouthed Princesses, and More Viral Videos
October 25, 2014
I fully agree with the premise, but not with the conclusion.War Taxation
Otto H. Kahn
Now that the first shock was over, she saw that there was every reason to premise a Mrs. Bast.Howards End
E. M. Forster
This I premise we will do as we pass from stage to stage in the development of the theory.Aether and Gravitation
William George Hooper
And I must premise, without attempting to justify them, certain explanations.Poetry for Poetry's Sake
A. C. Bradley
Admit the premise that to be virtuous is to escape whipping, the argument is logical.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
- Also: premiss logic a statement that is assumed to be true for the purpose of an argument from which a conclusion is drawn
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to state or assume (a proposition) as a premise in an argument, theory, etc
Word Origin and History for premise
late 14c., in logic, "a previous proposition from which another follows," from Old French premisse (14c.), from Medieval Latin premissa (propositio or sententia) "(the proposition) set before," noun use of fem. past participle of Latin praemittere "send forward, put before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). In legal documents it meant "matter previously stated" (early 15c.), which in deeds or wills often was a house or building, hence the extended meaning "house or building, with grounds" (1730).
"to state before something else," mid-15c., from premise (n.). Related: Premised; premising.