- 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.
Origin of presuppose
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- 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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