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postulate

[ verb pos-chuh-leyt; noun pos-chuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb 藞p蓲s t蕛蓹藢le瑟t; noun 藞p蓲s t蕛蓹 l瑟t, -藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), pos路tu路lat路ed, pos路tu路lat路ing.
noun
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Origin of postulate

1525鈥35; <Latin postul膩tum petition, thing requested, noun use of neuter of past participle of postul膩re to request, demand, akin to p艒scere to request

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British Dictionary definitions for postulate

postulate

verb (藞p蓲stj蕣藢le瑟t) (tr; may take a clause as object)
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
noun (藞p蓲stj蕣l瑟t)

Derived forms of postulate

postulation, noun

Word Origin for postulate

C16: from Latin postul膩re to ask for, require; related to p艒scere to request
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Medical definitions for postulate

postulate
[ p艔sch蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

v.
To assume or assert the truth or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument.
n.
An unproved assertion or assumption, especially a statement offered as the basis of a theory.

Other words from postulate

pos鈥瞭u鈥ation n.
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Scientific definitions for postulate

postulate
[ p艔sch蓹-l沫t ]

See axiom.
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Cultural definitions for postulate

postulate

A statement accepted as true for the purposes of argument or scientific investigation; also, a basic principle. (See axiom.)

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