verb (used with object), pos·tu·lat·ed, pos·tu·lat·ing.
Origin of postulate
Synonyms for postulate
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of postulate
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
verb (ˈpɒstjʊˌleɪt) (tr; may take a clause as object)
Word Origin 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).
A statement accepted as true for the purposes of argument or scientific investigation; also, a basic principle. (See axiom.)