- a tract of land including its buildings.
- a building together with its grounds or other appurtenances.
- the property forming the subject of a conveyance or bequest.
- a basis, stated or assumed, on which reasoning proceeds.
- an earlier statement in a document.
- (in a bill in equity) the statement of facts upon which the complaint is based.
verb (used with object), prem·ised, prem·is·ing.
verb (used without object), prem·ised, prem·is·ing.
Origin of premise
Related formsre·prem·ise, verb, re·prem·ised, re·prem·is·ing.
By the second half of the 15th century, premiss acquired the further meaning “houses, buildings and lands previously specified in a deed,” as on a sign prominently displayed above a bar “Licensed to retail beer, wine, spirits, and tobacco to be consumed on the premises.”
Examples from the Web for premise
ThinkProgress calls the premise “uncomfortable and vaguely sad.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The premise of the sketch was that sex was too spontaneous to be regulated, and the quiz show played that idea to the hilt.
But its premise—that jazz artists take themselves far too seriously—would get repeated again and again in subsequent days.
The only thing more horrifying than the premise of this video is the resolution.Marcel the Shell Returns, Potty-Mouthed Princesses, and More Viral Videos|Alex Chancey|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This too I am forc'd to premise, that the Truth of what I am going to tell you may not be sneer'd at before it be known.
You see, Ned, an error in the premise will appear in the conclusion.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
He leaped at conclusions, and from his premise his conclusion was usually sound.Marse Henry (Vol. 2)|Henry Watterson
He stumbles at the first premise, and lies sprawling at the very threshold of the argument.The Gentle Reader|Samuel McChord Crothers
The Governor admitted the premise, "but," said he, "perhaps your Honours will tell me how I am going to do it."The Great Company|Beckles Willson