verb (used with object)

to place, put, or set.
to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate.


something that is posited; an assumption; postulate.

Origin of posit

1640–50; < Latin positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put
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Examples from the Web for posit

Contemporary Examples of posit

Historical Examples of posit

  • Now why should we not posit quantity among the primary genera?

  • For how can he commend self-control and yet posit pleasure as the supreme good?

    De Officiis

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Let me posit here the ideal conditions for a morning pipe as I know them.


    Christopher Morley

  • There was no way to wound her so deeply as to posit its reality and identify it with her.

    Love's Pilgrimage

    Upton Sinclair

  • If so, we may at least posit that almost unbounded license must be allowed the pen which aims simply to raise a laugh.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

British Dictionary definitions for posit


verb (tr)

to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
to put in position


a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption

Word Origin for posit

C17: from Latin pōnere to place, position
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Word Origin and History for posit

"to assert," 1690s, from Latin positus "placed, situated, standing, planted," past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position). Related: Posited; positing.

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