- upon the supposition or premise that; in the event that.
Origin of supposing
- to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory: Suppose the distance to be one mile.
- to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an idea or plan proposed: Suppose we wait until tomorrow.
- to believe or assume as true; take for granted: It is supposed that his death was an accident.
- to think or hold as an opinion: What do you suppose he will do?
- to require logically; imply; presuppose: The evidence supposes his presence near the scene.
- (used in the passive) to expect or design; require or permit (followed by an infinitive verb): The machine is supposed to make noise. I'm not supposed to run fast.
- to assume something; presume; think.
Origin of suppose
Examples from the Web for supposing
And supposing they do—will they really fight for it, thoroughly and relentlessly?Racism and Religious Zionist Youth Movements: Own Up
Dr. Assaf David
May 30, 2013
Woodward is supposing that the supercommittee was the only place for discussions about a bargain including revenues.Bob Woodward's So-Called Thinking Sort Of Explained
February 28, 2013
As such, there seems no compelling reason for supposing that it be listened to in respectful, forelock-tugging silence.In Praise of Joe Wilson
September 10, 2009
Supposing him ready to separate from her, could she be detached from him?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Supposing—— It was cruel to excite and upset her just for that; it made the pain worse.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The great mistake I made was, in supposing I had undergone any real change of heart.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Future obedience, supposing it perfect, could not expiate past offences.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Supposing she had been the stranger's sister, she was taken into his house.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- to presume (something) to be true without certain knowledgeI suppose he meant to kill her
- to consider as a possible suggestion for the sake of discussion, elucidation, etc; postulatesuppose that he wins the election
- (of theories, propositions, etc) to imply the inference or assumption (of)your policy supposes full employment
Word Origin and History for supposing
early 14c., "to assume as the basis of argument," from Old French supposer "to assume," probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by Old French poser "put, place"), from Latin supponere "put or place under," from sub "under" + ponere "put, place" (see position). Meaning "to admit as possible, to believe to be true" is from 1520s.
Idioms and Phrases with supposing
see I suppose so.