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

Examples of posit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first split second afterward, many physicists posit, the universe went through a phase of extremely rapid expansion: a process called inflation. Brendan Z. Foster, Scientific American, "Did Galaxies Grow from Quantum Static?," 17 June 2020 The researchers posit that vitamin D may decrease this risk by helping to appropriately calibrate the inflammatory response. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Does Vitamin D Help Fight COVID-19?," 3 June 2020 Finding that her antibodies staved off those infections, the scientists posited that those same antibodies could also neutralize the new virus that causes Covid-19. Jillian Kramer, New York Times, "Hoping Llamas Will Become Coronavirus Heroes," 6 May 2020 On April 9, analyst polled by Refinitiv posited a drop of 8.5% for the year. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Stocks are now overpriced by 22%, according to this rule," 21 Apr. 2020 Commercial mailers posited a view of the postal network that was depopulated—their concerns over the smooth functioning of the network glossed over the people that actually made the system work. Popular Science, "The 2001 anthrax attacks could have made the USPS more secure. Instead it’s more vulnerable than ever.," 14 Apr. 2020 Weeks ago, Trump posited Easter Sunday as the reopening deadline. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump can’t reopen U.S. after the virus, but governors can’t either — only you and I," 14 Apr. 2020 After last year’s ruling, democratic internet advocates posited that the short-term win for telecoms would ultimately result in their losses and a victory for the public. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The coronavirus crisis proves the internet should be a public utility," 26 Mar. 2020 The aide also posited that Nadler also may be easier to agitate than Schiff. Alana Abramson, Time, "As House Judiciary Takes Control of Impeachment Hearings, All Eyes Are on Jerry Nadler," 4 Dec. 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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25 Jun 2020

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“Posit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posit. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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