[ verb pos-chuh-leyt; noun pos-chuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ˈpɒs tʃəˌleɪt; noun ˈpɒs tʃə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /
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.
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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
Words nearby postulate
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British Dictionary definitions for postulational
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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Medical definitions for postulational
[ pŏs′chə-lāt′ ]
To assume or assert the truth or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument.
An unproved assertion or assumption, especially a statement offered as the basis of a theory.
Other words from postulatepos′tu•la′tion n.
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Scientific definitions for postulational
[ pŏs′chə-lĭt ]
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Cultural definitions for postulational
A statement accepted as true for the purposes of argument or scientific investigation; also, a basic principle. (See axiom.)
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