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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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 In a thought-provoking opinion article recently published in the New York Times, political scientist David Adler posits a remarkable claim: Not extremists but centrists are the most hostile to democracy. Matthijs Rooduijn, Washington Post, "It’s radicals, not centrists, who are really more hostile to democracy," 12 June 2018 As such, various theories have been posited, regarding the Alabama product's true motivation for skipping routine spring workouts, despite having three years left on a contract extension that reset the receivers' market back in 2015. Jay Clemons, USA TODAY, "Falcons owner Arthur Blank: Julio Jones will be in Atlanta 'forever'," 22 May 2018 These claims essentially posit that Armstrong and others connected to Tailwind conspired to knowingly mislead USPS about their adherence to drug rules, thereby defrauding USPS and obtaining unearned financial benefits. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Was It the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle in His Lawsuit With the U.S. Government?," 21 Apr. 2018 In the 1960s and 1970s, it was revived by the left, this time positing a secret CIA-Pentagon conspiracy to explain everything from the war in Vietnam and U.S.-backed coup d’états around the world to the assassination of President John Kennedy. Jeff Stein, Newsweek, "Trump's Tweets on Spying, Tirade Against Immigrants From ‘Shithole Countries’ Reveal His Paranoid Mind," 13 Jan. 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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