pos·​it | \ ˈpä-zət How to pronounce posit (audio) \
posited\ ˈpä-​zə-​təd How to pronounce posited (audio) , ˈpäz-​təd \; positing\ ˈpä-​zə-​tiŋ How to pronounce positing (audio) , ˈpäz-​tiŋ \

Definition of posit

transitive verb

1 : to dispose or set firmly : fix
2 : to assume or affirm the existence of : postulate
3 : to propose as an explanation : suggest

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Our research posits that aging, technology and health issues will be inextricably linked in the future. David Lindeman, The Conversation, "How technology could be a solution to caregiver shortage for seniors," 25 July 2019 One account posited that the first Magyars were extraterrestrials from a planet orbiting Sirius B. To most, however, the fact that the Magyars initially appeared in the historical record on horseback suggested a more terrestrial ancestry. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 String theory in the 1980s went even further, positing the existence of six additional tiny and unseen dimensions in an attempt to unify the particles and four known forces of nature into a single framework. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "We've Found Gravitational Waves. What Will We Learn From Them?," 24 May 2019 When a system posited on delivering the goods to the masses fails to accomplish that task, protests are bound to arise, especially if the people at the very top seem to be benefiting from the privations of others. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Why Socialism Is Back," 18 June 2019 Many migrainous persons were also allergic, which Alvarez posited as being part of their exaggerated sensitivity in all areas of their lives. Katherine Foxhall, Time, "How A Nurse With a Hole in Her Skull Changed The Medical History of Migraines," 18 June 2019 Some estimates have humans observing solstices as early as the Stone Age (~2.5 million years ago) while others posit that neolithic humans used the summer solstice as an indicator for planting and harvesting crops. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Know About the Summer Solstice," 18 June 2019 He and Roddy posited that angiosperms’ small genomes set off a cascade of effects that over time flowed from their physiology into their structure and ultimately into their ecological role. Quanta Magazine, "With ‘Downsized’ DNA, Flowering Plants Took Over the World," 16 June 2019 That's what fans on the Internet are positing, at least—but take a look at the video for yourself, below. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Beyoncé’s Reaction to a Woman Chatting Up Jay-Z Is All You Need to See Today," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of posit

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for posit

Latin positus, past participle of ponere

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The first known use of posit was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of posit

formal : to suggest (something, such as an idea or theory) especially in order to start a discussion

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a period when something is suspended

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