pos·​it ˈpä-zət How to pronounce posit (audio)
posited ˈpä-zə-təd How to pronounce posit (audio)
; positing ˈpä-zə-tiŋ How to pronounce posit (audio)

transitive verb

: to dispose or set firmly : fix
: to assume or affirm the existence of : postulate
: to propose as an explanation : suggest

Examples of posit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts posit that only one Paraiba tourmaline is mined for every 10,000 diamonds — and while similar hues are found in Madagascar, the scarcity of Brazilian stones has seen prices soar. Sarah Royce-Greensill, CNN, 11 June 2024 Philosophy lecturer Gary Johnson (Glen Powell) posits this question to his University of New Orleans class early on in Richard Linklater’s Hit Man. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 7 June 2024 Some experts posit that this process can explain how Mars transformed from having lakes and rivers to very little water today. Devika Rao, theweek, 28 May 2024 Unlike opinion surveys that posit a hypothetical risk to U.S. soldiers, Putin’s vulnerability is real and considerable. Rose McDermott, Foreign Affairs, 30 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for posit 

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Word History


Latin positus, past participle of ponere

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of posit was in 1647

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“Posit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posit. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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