- 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 premised
The Zionist dream was premised on the idea of kibbutz galuyot, gathering the Jews together from the far corners of Exile.How Israeli Immigrants See Each Other
June 7, 2013
The series is premised on the idea that you'll see all the episodes, and then watch them again.In Defense of ‘Arrested Development’
May 28, 2013
As recently as 2008, McCain premised much of his presidential campaign on his support for the Iraq troop surge.The Wars Condoleezza Rice & John McCain Left Out of Their RNC Speeches
August 30, 2012
Football has always been my least favorite playground sport, as it is premised on speed and size, both of which I lack.My Man Crush on JFK, Jr.
July 16, 2009
You naturally ask about the future, which can only be premised.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
Now, it must be premised that Deadwood had recently chosen a sheriff.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
This premised, and I trust accepted, let us enter upon our task.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
And first, there is premised a common corollary drawne out of the 24.The Way To Geometry
This, and enough, premised, I go souse into my personal history.Memoirs Of Fanny Hill
- 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 premised
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.