SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), pre·sup·posed, pre·sup·pos·ing. to suppose or assume beforehand; take for granted in advance. (of a thing, condition, or state of affairs) to require or imply as an antecedent condition: An effect presupposes a cause. Origin of presuppose
First recorded in
1400–50; late Middle English
suppose Related forms pre·sup·po·si·tion , [pree-suhp- uh- zish- uhn] /ˌpri sʌp əˈzɪʃ ən/ noun pre·sup·po·si·tion·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for presuppose Historical Examples of presuppose British Dictionary definitions for presuppose verb (tr) to take for granted; assume to require or imply as a necessary prior condition philosophy logic linguistics to require (a condition) to be satisfied as a precondition for a statement to be either true or false or for a speech act to be felicitous. Have you stopped beating your wife? presupposes that the person addressed has a wife and has beaten her Derived Forms presupposition ( ˌpriːsʌpəˈzɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for presuppose v.
mid-15c., from Old French
presupposer (14c.), from Medieval Latin praesupponere; see pre- + suppose. Related: Presupposed; presupposing.
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