presuppose

[ pree-suh-pohz ]
/ ˌpri səˈpoʊz /

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.

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Origin of presuppose

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Middle French word presupposer.See pre-, suppose

OTHER WORDS FROM presuppose

pre·sup·po·si·tion [pree-suhp-uh-zish-uhn], /ˌpri sʌp əˈzɪʃ ən/, nounpre·sup·po·si·tion·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for presuppose

presuppose
/ (ˌpriːsəˈpəʊz) /

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 of presuppose

presupposition (ˌpriːsʌpəˈzɪʃən), noun
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