- to ask, demand, or claim.
- to claim or assume the existence or truth of, especially as a basis for reasoning or arguing.
- to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.
- Mathematics, Logic. to assume as a postulate.
- something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
- Mathematics, Logic. a proposition that requires no proof, being self-evident, or that is for a specific purpose assumed true, and that is used in the proof of other propositions; axiom.
- a fundamental principle.
- a necessary condition; prerequisite.
Origin of postulate
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Examples from the Web for postulate
Even people who postulate a creative God usually acknowledge that his existence shifts the big question rather than resolving it.“Why Does the World Exist?” by Jim Holt: Review
July 17, 2012
Those who try to believe it postulate that they shall be made perfect first.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
A first postulate is, therefore, the equality of the two sexes before the law.The Sexual Question
Since Logic derives from postulates, it never has, and never will, change a postulate.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
The Captain acceded to my postulate, and accepted my friend as a corollary.Pages From an Old Volume of Life
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
When you wish to behold protectors you must postulate dangers.The Crack of Doom
- to assume to be true or existent; take for granted
- to ask, demand, or claim
- to nominate (a person) to a post or office subject to approval by a higher authority
- something taken as self-evident or assumed as the basis of an argument
- a necessary condition or prerequisite
- a fundamental principle
- logic maths an unproved and indemonstrable statement that should be taken for granted: used as an initial premise or underlying hypothesis in a process of reasoning
Word Origin and History for postulate
1530s, "nominate to a church office," from Medieval Latin postulatus, past participle of postulare "to ask, demand; claim; require," probably formed from past participle of Latin poscere "ask urgently, demand," from *posk-to-, Italic inchoative of PIE root *prek- "to ask questions" (cf. Sanskrit prcchati, Avestan peresaiti "interrogates," Old High German forskon, German forschen "to search, inquire"). Use in logic dates from 1640s, borrowed from Medieval Latin.
1580s, "a request, demand," from Latin postulatum "demand, request," properly "that which is requested," noun use of neuter past participle of postulare (see postulate (v.)). The sense in logic of "self-evident proposition" is from 1640s. The earlier noun in English was postulation (c.1400).
- To assume or assert the truth or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument.
- An unproved assertion or assumption, especially a statement offered as the basis of a theory.
- See axiom.
A statement accepted as true for the purposes of argument or scientific investigation; also, a basic principle. (See axiom.)