Page and Dornenburg start from the premise that “what we love most about wine is its ability to make food taste even better.”
Most books about happiness start out with the premise that happiness itself resists definition.
That in fact is the premise of a beautifully photographed Vogue article headlined “Jon Huntsman: The Outsider.”
Shockingly awful.She Said: The premise is intriguing, but the execution was weak.
The premise: an intervention for a man who is addicted to, well, slapping ass.
It is necessary to premise, however, that the difficulty is not peculiar to the present position.
And I must premise, without attempting to justify them, certain explanations.
He based this plan upon the premise that democracy would be more successful if greater numbers of individuals were educated.
Admit the premise that to be virtuous is to escape whipping, the argument is logical.
The premise is inaccurate; it is a war we are in duty bound to wage at any rate till order is restored—but let that pass.
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.