pos·​it | \ˈpä-zət \
posited\ ˈpä-​zə-​təd , ˈpäz-​təd \; positing\ ˈpä-​zə-​tiŋ , 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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Listing agent Michael Dreyfus of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty does posit that Mr. Fleishhacker’s vacation retreat is likely to become the most expensive property ever to trade hands in the notoriously pricey San Francisco Bay Area. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Estate That Wants to Be Silicon Valley’s Priciest Home," 18 Oct. 2018 Yet, the script posits, did that erase the value people had given it over the years, diminish the beauty of it? Monica Kim, Vogue, "Is It Real—And Does It Matter? How Korea’s Counterfeit Culture Shaped My Style," 27 Aug. 2018 Possible buyers posited by Recode: Alibaba, which acquired nearly a 6 percent stake in Groupon two years ago, and IAC, a media company led by billionaire media mogul Barry Diller, whose CEO Joey Levin is a member of Groupon's board. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Groupon reportedly shopping around for a buyer," 9 July 2018 So though there is little doubt in the public mind and artistic sphere that names like Avedon, Penn and Newton have transcended their roots, what this exhibition posits is that in these and many other cases, there were no roots needed to transcend. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "It Was an Ad? So What. It’s Still Art.," 22 June 2018 One Mercer County election official posited that a new court case could ultimately lead a statewide precedent in Commonwealth Court. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Judge dismisses lawsuit between two warring political factions in Northeast Philly," 8 June 2018 Thomas Malthus posited that the poverty subsidies allowed couples to rear families before their actual earnings allowed it. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 Horan posited that Adidas was the beneficiary of another stroke of fortune. Tik Root, chicagotribune.com, "Adidas has gotten a Boost," 2 Apr. 2018 But his increasingly polarizing rhetoric, one that posits political opponents as an existential threat to a conservative way of life, may be backfiring. Umar Farooq, latimes.com, "Turkish President Erdogan faces an alliance of opposition parties looking to remove him from office," 2 May 2018

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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

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

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