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 To posit that there is a risk arising from this is absurd. Enrique Dans, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Writing in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, the researchers posit that the chickens were used in ritual sacrifices or cockfighting. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 The authors posit that the children of a New York widow inherit $2.5 million—then complain that the poor souls would have to pay $408,000 of it to the government under the Biden tax proposal. WSJ, 17 June 2021 Dark matter can and does turn into black holes, but the scientists posit that Sagittarius A* is instead a blob-like mass that will require a lot more material in order to turn into a black hole. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 16 June 2021 Whether it’s due to nutrient deficiency, drought or some combination, Dial and Sullivan won’t posit an answer until all of the data are collected and analyzed. Ben Weissenbach, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 Some transgender community members posit that these signs can provide a helpful designation for which businesses to support and which to avoid. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Some in the art world posit that a merger still makes sense, either with LACMA or with the Broad. New York Times, 2 May 2021 Advocates also posit that replacing retiring coal plants with renewable energy projects will help to keep electricity prices low, as wind and solar are among the most cost effective energy sources. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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1 Aug 2021

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“Posit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posit. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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