pos·​it | \ ˈpä-zət How to pronounce posit (audio) \
posited\ ˈpä-​zə-​təd How to pronounce posit (audio) , ˈpäz-​təd \; positing\ ˈpä-​zə-​tiŋ How to pronounce posit (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 The intensity of focus placed on the Roswell incident for three-quarters of a century has led some to posit that most contemporaneous records have already been scrutinized. CBS News, 1 July 2022 To justify its regulation, the government may not simply posit that the regulation promotes an important interest. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 23 June 2022 In it, authors Darryl Granger and others posit that the skull date back to between 3.4 to 3.6 million years. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 3 July 2022 The researchers also posit that a similar process could have been active on Mars in the past, too. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 12 May 2022 Many posit that those who visit Antarctica become ambassadors for a place that has no indigenous population to speak on its behalf. Mary Holland, Robb Report, 1 May 2022 Contemporary Black dramas often posit that Black lives are either secondary (best friends, drug dealers, therapists) or extraordinary (healers, fighters, heroes), when life is rarely one or the other. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 If what the scientists posit turns out to be true, future expeditions on the planet could prove more about Mars’ violent history. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 2 May 2022 In this new paper, though, scientists posit that this symmetry doesn’t just pertain to the actions that take place in the universe. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Posit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posit. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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