1. 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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Contemporary Examples of positing

  • Animal rights philosophers are positing a problem that might have no practical solution.

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    The Absurdity of Vegan Ethics

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    January 23, 2013

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British Dictionary definitions for positing


verb (tr)
  1. to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate
  2. to put in position
  1. 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 positing



"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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