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Examples of postulate in a Sentence
Scientists have postulated the existence of water on the planet.
postulates that all people are born with certain rights that can never be taken away from them
Recent Examples of postulate from the Web
One 2000 National Bureau of Economic Research study postulates that internet age innovations simply haven't been as game-changing for the U.S. economy as say the introduction of electricity or air transportation in the past two centuries.
My friend and colleague Mike Sielski wrote a column that postulated the rookie voting was perhaps part of an agenda bent on punishing the Sixers for their nasty Process.
Star-Telegram columnist Gil Lebreton postulates that the reason LSU is barring Allen from transferring to TCU is related to another recruit.
As early as 300 B.C., Epicurus postulated that there must be many worlds like ours among the stars.
Mr. Green has long postulated that the future of transportation will be less focused on private car ownership.
The idea that senescent cells contribute to aging was first postulated in the 1960s.
Researchers postulate that given the way the octopus is letting the tentacles drag behind it, the animal may be wielding the stinging cells for defense or to catch more prey.
Neuroscientists and memory experts have postulated that there could be ways to erase specific memories.
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Did You Know?
In 1703, the dedication of the City and County Purchaser and Builders Dictionary included the following words: "These your extraordinary Favours … seem to Postulate from me … a Publick Recognition." That's also how the verb "postulate" was used when English speakers first began using it back in the late 1500s, as a synonym of "require" or "demand." (The word's Latin grandparent, postulare, has the same meaning.) "Postulate" was also used as a noun in the late 1500s, with the meaning "demand" or "stipulation." That sense is now considered archaic, but we still use the noun "postulate." Today, it usually means "a hypothesis advanced as an essential presupposition, condition, or premise of a train of reasoning."
Synonymshypothecate, hypothesize, assume, premise, presume, presuppose, say, suppose
Related Wordsaccept, believe, credit, swallow; conclude, deduce, gather, infer, judge, take; conjecture, figure, guess, reckon [chiefly dialect], surmise, suspect, suspicion [chiefly dialect], think; conceive, dream, fancy, imagine, perceive, preconceive; speculate, theorize; affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, declare, insist, maintain, profess
Near Antonymschallenge, controvert, disagree (with), disbelieve, discount, discredit, dispute, distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, wonder (about); deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, reject, repudiate; belie, confute, disprove, rebut, refute
Examples of postulate in a Sentence
Einstein's theory of relativity was deduced from two postulates.
one of the postulates that the true agnostic rejects is the assumption that it is even possible for us to know whether God exists
Origin and Etymology of postulate
First Known Use: 1590See Words from the same year
Synonymsgiven, hypothetical, if, assumption, premise (also premiss), presumption, presupposition, supposition
Related Wordshypothesis, proposition, theory, thesis; axiom, truism, verity; belief, canon, doctrine, dogma, gospel, law; precept, principle, rule, standard, tenet; basis, foundation, ground; conclusion, deduction, inference; affirmation, assertion, avouchment, declaration; dictum, ipse dixit
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