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Posit   /pˈɑzət/   Listen

(logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning.  Synonym: postulate.

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"Posit" Quotes from Famous Books

... fragments—can be comprehended only by antiquaries and historians; ordinary spectators—the public—pronounce it absurd; it finds no favor with that class of reasoners who, in social architecture as in physical architecture, repudiate disorder, posit theories, deduce consequences, and require that every work shall proceed from the application ...
— The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 5 (of 6) - The Modern Regime, Volume 1 (of 2)(Napoleon I.) • Hippolyte A. Taine

... word in a different sense. Instead of a sequence of grades of being they posit a sequence of transformations; instead of a logical sequence of ideas they posit a transforming and progressive development. Zoology constructs a system of specific and generic concepts, "an animal kingdom with logical relations." Our concepts are ...
— At the Deathbed of Darwinism - A Series of Papers • Eberhard Dennert

... modus operandi of the emanation comes in, as I said, that partnership of the principle of totality with that of the identity of contradictories which so recommends the latter to beginners in Hegel's philosophy. To posit one item alone is to deny the rest; to deny them is to refer to them; to refer to them is to begin, at least, to bring them on the scene; and to begin is in the fulness of ...
— The Will to Believe - and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy • William James

... cried, at the top of his lungs. "Now fo' a great ole gander-pullin'! De only one we've had in dis settle-ment fo' t'ree year. Every gen'leman as craves to enter dis gander-pullin' will kin'ly ride up here and de-posit a quarter 'f a dollar. Only twenty-five cen's fo' de priv'lege o' takin' a pull at dis yer goose,—warranted a tasty goose! One-half dis sum o' money goes to de gen'leman who succeeds in re-movin' de haid from dis fowl, an' ...
— A Tar-Heel Baron • Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton

... their philosophies. Whether it be the Vedantin who tells us that the material universe is the result of Brahm invested with illusion, or the Sankya philosopher who attributes it to prakriti—the power of nature; or the Veisashika sage who traces it to eternal atoms; they all practically posit that ...
— India's Problem Krishna or Christ • John P. Jones

Words linked to "Posit" :   premiss, presuppose, logic, bury, suggest, lay, suppose, propose, postulate, insist, pose, sediment, advise, put, place, assumption, set, assert, Bayes' postulate, premise

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