[ verb pos-chuh-leyt; noun pos-chuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ˈpɒs tʃəˌleɪt; noun ˈpɒs tʃə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), pos·tu·lat·ed, pos·tu·lat·ing.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR postulate
5 hypothesis, theory; axiom; assumption, conjecture.
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Origin of postulate
1525–35; <Latin postulātum petition, thing requested, noun use of neuter of past participle of postulāre to request, demand, akin to pōscere to request
OTHER WORDS FROM postulate
pos·tu·la·tion, nounpos·tu·la·tion·al, adjectivere·pos·tu·late, verb (used with object), re·pos·tu·lat·ed, re·pos·tu·lat·ing.re·pos·tu·late, noun
re·pos·tu·la·tion, nounun·pos·tu·lat·ed, adjective
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How to use postulate in a sentence
And with those exceptions we have brought them into the framework of our picture of the Universe by postulating "dense matter."Unthinkable|Roger Phillips Graham
This, of course, is equivalent to postulating the cerebral cortex as the exclusive seat of higher intellection.A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
From the above instances, which could be multiplied, we have no hesitation in postulating a Hebrew original of i.-iii.
Nothing would be gained, however, by postulating merely a mystery—an unknowable.Is Life Worth Living?|William Hurrell Mallock
"If you are postulating a linear progression from the old social sciences—forget it," Neel said.The K-Factor|Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
British Dictionary definitions for postulate
verb (ˈpɒstjʊˌleɪt) (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
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
Derived forms of postulatepostulation, noun
Word Origin for postulate
C16: from Latin postulāre to ask for, require; related to pōscere to request
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Scientific definitions for postulate
[ pŏs′chə-lĭt ]
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Cultural definitions for postulate
A statement accepted as true for the purposes of argument or scientific investigation; also, a basic principle. (See axiom.)
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