[ pree-suh-pohz ]
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verb (used with object),pre·sup·posed, pre·sup·pos·ing.
  1. to suppose or assume beforehand; take for granted in advance.

  2. (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, from Middle French presupposer; see pre-, suppose

Other words for presuppose

Other words from presuppose

  • pre·sup·po·si·tion [pree-suhp-uh-zish-uhn], /ˌpri sʌp əˈzɪʃ ən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use presuppose in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for presuppose


/ (ˌpriːsəˈpəʊz) /

  1. to take for granted; assume

  2. to require or imply as a necessary prior condition

  1. 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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