- 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 premiss
We must now begin again with l′h0 and find a Premiss to go along with it.Symbolic Logic
His arguments began from a premiss which assumed her practically perfect.Corleone
F. Marion Crawford
And we cannot reject the premiss while retaining the conclusion.A Grammar of Freethought
I confess that I see no escape from the implied conclusion if the premiss is true.Parallel Paths
Thomas William Rolleston
The law is the datum or premiss from which we are to advance to an ethical conclusion.On the Ethics of Naturalism
William Ritchie Sorley
- 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 premiss
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.