verb (used with object), pos·tu·lat·ed, pos·tu·lat·ing.
Origin of postulate
Synonyms for postulate
Related Words for postulationshot, hunch, supposition, thesis, inference, theory, presumption, guess, acceptance, suspicion, postulate, surmise, conjecture, belief, expectation, hypothesis, fancy, premise, presupposition, posit
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Historical Examples of postulation
This postulation, says a close thinker, is the very foundation and essence of religion.The Religious Sentiment
Daniel G. Brinton
But Science has been reluctant to recognise that it is now entitled to dispense with the postulation of Matter.Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge
But such esoteric combinations are not at all necessary for the postulation of wildly variant life forms.Cum Grano Salis
Gordon Randall Garrett
Postulation and the verifying of postulates is thus a process of reciprocal discrimination and selection.Pragmatism
The postulation by him of molecular force at this point, is virtually an abandonment of the whole controversy.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
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.)