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pos•tu•late



Pronunciation: (
v.pos'chu-lāt";
n.pos'chu-lit, -lāt"),
[key]
v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing,
n.


v.t.
1. to ask, demand, or claim.
2. to claim or assume the existence or truth of, esp. as a basis for reasoning or arguing.
3. to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.
4. Math., Logic.to assume as a postulate.

n.
1. something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
2. Math., Logic.a proposition that requires no proof, being self-evident, or that is for a specific purpose assumed true, and that is used in the proof of other propositions; axiom.
3. a fundamental principle.
4. a necessary condition; prerequisite.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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