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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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 The great man’s love and his life are things apart, it is posited, and must not be mixed and mingled. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 One posits that the indigenous Hòabìnhian hunter-gatherers independently developed agricultural practices roughly 44,000 years ago. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia’s Present-Day Population," 11 July 2018 Moving him to third base, the Orioles' posited, would bring his momentum toward first base on many throws and also give him a little more time on transfers. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle," 10 July 2018 YouTuber HaxDogma posits a fascinating theory: Westworld, and possibly the other Worlds, are housed in a massive dome, like the television set of The Truman Show. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "This Westworld Theory Points Out A Major Connection To The Truman Show," 17 June 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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