posit

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

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One kilo of a particular substance, Slaughter posits, would be enough to wipe out the entire human race. Richard Lipez, Dallas News, "White supremacists are the eerily relevant villains in Karin Slaughter's new novel," 20 Aug. 2019 One kilo of a particular substance, Slaughter posits, would be enough to wipe out the entire human race. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "White supremacists are the eerily relevant villains in Karin Slaughter’s new novel," 14 Aug. 2019 This in turn suggests that penguins reached a huge size very early in their evolution, a theory that experts had already posited based on the Antarctic specimen. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Human-Sized Penguin Once Waddled Through New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent reports have posited that Apple is building an electric van, the same basic design as Drive.ai’s vehicles. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Apple’s Latest Acquisition Shows Self-Driving Cars Are in the Doldrums of Disappointment," 27 June 2019 It’s been posited that the Baby Ruth candy bar, introduced in 1921, was named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth, and not baseball legend Babe Ruth, who was in the prime of his career when the candy hit the market. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official candy bar power rankings," 11 June 2019 Bernevig posits that as the layers stack up higher and higher, physicists may be able to get the superconductivity temperature to climb along with it. David H. Freedman, WIRED, "Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene's 'Magic Angle'," 5 May 2019 String theorists posit that the six extra spatial dimensions must be small — curled up tightly at every point. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory," 9 Aug. 2018 Our research posits that aging, technology and health issues will be inextricably linked in the future. David Lindeman, The Conversation, "How technology could be a solution to caregiver shortage for seniors," 25 July 2019

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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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posit

verb

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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