- 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 premises
Ben invigorated the Post building just by being in it, just by being on the premises.Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants
October 22, 2014
Some factories do not employ Muslims on the premises who can oversee the process, Nana said.Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement
September 7, 2014
Both are prohibited from leaving the premises for security reasons.Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs
September 1, 2014
The men demanded to be allowed inside, claiming there were reports of minors drinking on the premises.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
By late afternoon Thursday, the Boston Police had reportedly cited TD Garden for having intoxicated minors on its premises.Don't Blame Avicii For His Druggy Tour
June 27, 2014
And, certainly, a truer deduction than this has never been drawn from any premises whatever.Ridgeway
Though I should allow your premises, I must deny your conclusion.
But we put it on the irrefragable logic of the materialist's own premises and conclusions.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
And what, at this rate, is the general conclusion to be drawn from the premises?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
It did not occur to her to question his right to be on Mrs. Camp's premises.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- a piece of land together with its buildings, esp considered as a place of business
- (in a deed, etc) the matters referred to previously; the aforesaid; the foregoing
- the introductory part of a grant, conveyance, etc
- law (in the US) the part of a bill in equity that states the names of the parties, details of the plaintiff's claims, etc
- 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 premises
"building and grounds," 1730; see premise (n.).
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.