- 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.
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Origin of premise
historical usage of premise
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.”
OTHER WORDS FROM premisere·prem·ise, verb, re·prem·ised, re·prem·is·ing.
Example sentences from the Web for premise
In reality, this puzzle is nothing but a false inference deduced from a false premiss.
Plato procures it from a true premiss, by omitting an essential qualification.
The major premiss is such a formula; and the conclusion is an inference drawn, not from, but according to that formula.
The minor premiss always asserts a resemblance between a new case and cases previously known.
Men commonly fall into it, through believing that the premiss was verified, though they have forgotten how.