- to suppose or assume beforehand; take for granted in advance.
- (of a thing, condition, or state of affairs) to require or imply as an antecedent condition: An effect presupposes a cause.
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Examples from the Web for presuppose
Affinities at least have the grace to presuppose a special sex-attraction.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
It does not presuppose any promise on the part of the servient owner.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
They presuppose the philosopher's, or the architect's, physical presence.The Civilization of Illiteracy
They presuppose membership in it and familiarity with its tradition.Lux Mundi
This does not presuppose their estates to have been extensive.The Mother of Washington and Her Times
Sara Agnes Rice Pryor
- to take for granted; assume
- to require or imply as a necessary prior condition
- philosophy logic linguistics to require (a condition) to be satisfied as a precondition for a statement to be either true or false or for a speech act to be felicitous. Have you stopped beating your wife? presupposes that the person addressed has a wife and has beaten her
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Word Origin and History for presuppose
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