- 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.
- premium loan
Origin of premise
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
verb (prɪˈmaɪz, ˈprɛmɪs)
Word Origin for premise
late 14c., in logic, "a previous proposition from which another follows," from Old French premisse (14c.), from Medieval Latin premissa (propositio or sententia) "(the proposition) set before," noun use of fem. past participle of Latin praemittere "send forward, put before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). In legal documents it meant "matter previously stated" (early 15c.), which in deeds or wills often was a house or building, hence the extended meaning "house or building, with grounds" (1730).
"to state before something else," mid-15c., from premise (n.). Related: Premised; premising.