- 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 premises
Ben invigorated the Post building just by being in it, just by being on the premises.
Some factories do not employ Muslims on the premises who can oversee the process, Nana said.
Both are prohibited from leaving the premises for security reasons.
The men demanded to be allowed inside, claiming there were reports of minors drinking on the premises.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos|Steve Miller|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By late afternoon Thursday, the Boston Police had reportedly cited TD Garden for having intoxicated minors on its premises.
Isn't into the premises—it's just in the hallway into the nurses' station.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
We found an old, but obliging, Roman Catholic in possession of the premises, once so bravely defended by their patriotic owner.The Vaudois of Piedmont|John Napper Worsfold
There had evidently (p. 475) been a sudden evacuation of the premises.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
He had many valuable goods on the premises, which he might probably lose were he to shut up his house and leave.The Sign Of The Red Cross|Evelyn Everett-Green
Never had a pound of glucose on his premises, nor never will; nothin' but pure sugar.The Wooing of Calvin Parks|Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for premises (1 of 2)
- (in a deed, etc) the matters referred to previously; the aforesaid; the foregoing
- the introductory part of a grant, conveyance, etc