- Also prem·iss. Logic. a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.
- 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.
- to set forth beforehand, as by way of introduction or explanation.
- to assume, either explicitly or implicitly, (a proposition) as a premise for a conclusion.
- to state or assume a premise.
Origin of premise
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Examples from the Web for premisses
We now have to find a pair of Premisses which will yield a Conclusion.
A Retinend, asserted in the Premisses to exist, may be so asserted in the Conclusion.
These Premisses, as they stand, will give no Conclusion, as they are both negative.
But I think this inference is not justified by the premisses.
But the premisses of Plato here do not sustain his inference.
- Also: premiss logic a statement that is assumed to be true for the purpose of an argument from which a conclusion is drawn
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to state or assume (a proposition) as a premise in an argument, theory, etc
Word Origin and History for premisses
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.