verb (used with object), pos·tu·lat·ed, pos·tu·lat·ing.
- posttraumatic stress disorder,
- posttraumatic syndrome,
- postural contraction,
- postural drainage,
- postural position
Origin of postulate
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.
This postulate may appropriately be stated as the fixation of new averages of variation by inheritance.The Science and Philosophy of the Organism|Hans Driesch
Then what has become of the postulate that truth is agreement of idea with existence beyond idea?Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
"Postulate" is a Latin form of the Greek αιτημα (aitema), and appears only in late translations.The Teaching of Geometry|David Eugene Smith
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.)