- 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.
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.
How to use premise in a sentence
But in the practical mind the premisses are taken from use and wont, and are before the eyes of every body.
The other able to comprehend a great number of premisses without confusion, and these are the minds for mathematics.
Some are able to draw conclusions well from a few premisses, and this shows a penetrative intellect.
Probably, few of the great generalisations fitted to be the premisses for future deductions will be found among truths now known.
But the most dangerous and the commonest of these fallacies arise in a chain of argument from changing the premisses.