- 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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Examples from the Web for presupposition
His own will is presupposition for being hypnotized and for realizing the suggestion.
Consciousness is the presupposition for the existence of the psychical objects.
Uniformity of law is the condition and presupposition of all our thinking.Practical Ethics
William DeWitt Hyde
This is the presupposition which we must explain and make good.Studies in Logical Theory
This presupposition is not stated, and is not implied in the form of the syllogism.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for presupposition
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