NounCalled behavioral ecology, it starts from the premise that social and environmental forces select for various behaviors that optimize people's fitness in a given environment. Different environment, different behaviors—and different human "natures."—Sharon Begley, Newsweek, 29 June 2009Although the Voting Rights Act served, in some measure, to formalize the notion of racial representation, its consequences undermined its premise—that a transparency of interests existed between the representative and the represented.—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New Yorker, 24 Oct. 1994Thirty years ago the modesty of the general expectation was still consistent with the original American premise of self-government.—Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, November 1992
They were asked to leave the premises.
The company leases part of the premises to smaller businesses.
The premises were searched by the police.
He disagreed with her premise.
the basic premises of the argument
a theory based on the simple premise that what goes up must come down VerbNiebuhr … adhered to a form of liberalism more premised on a realistic assessment of human nature than Rauschenbusch's naïve progressivism was.—Alan Wolfe, New York Times Book Review, 21 Oct. 2007Fears of a nuclear holocaust were fueled by President Nixon's "madman" theory of diplomacy. The madman theory was premised on the assumption that if the Soviets thought that Nixon was crazy enough to drop the bomb, they would leave us alone.—Will Manley, Booklist, 1 & 15 June 2006
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Recent Examples on the Web
The widow of legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who passed away in 2004 due to heart surgery complications, plucked up the premises some 18 years ago for $6.25 million.—Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 The basic premise remains, however, the same: a second chance life tale that doubles down on the unexpected, as the female protagonist’s life plan is thrown a curveball by a male figure who seems her complete opposite.—John Hopewell, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 The Israeli military has ordered the evacuation of the hospital, claiming armed groups were using its premises and surroundings.—Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2023 This is the premise behind Yeti in My Spaghetti, a fun and straightforward tabletop game that doesn’t have a ton of rules but is surprisingly difficult to win.—Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 8 Nov. 2023 In the past three months, Oncor connected about 20,000 additional premises in its service territory and built, rebuilt and upgraded about 630 miles of transmission and distribution lines.—Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2023 In this case, though, the very premise of the show finds itself at odds with the Sheridan house style.—Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Nov. 2023 That is the intriguing premise of Michael Chabon’s 2007 novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.—Jack Butler, National Review, 4 Nov. 2023 The action and brutality have been turned up, with scenes such as one in which Pooh brandishes a chainsaw on fire, while the sequel also hopes to maintain the enjoyable ridiculousness of the entire premise (there’s a scene involving a game of Poohsticks but using body parts instead of sticks).—Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Nov. 2023
Its foundation left it sinking 18 inches within a decade of opening in 2009, turning it into a satirical symbol of a tech boom premised on the Mark Zuckerberg ideal of moving fast and breaking things.—Albert Samaha, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2023 This might seem impossibly distant in the present moment, but the only way forward is premised on the equal rights of Palestinians and Israelis.—Curbed, 20 Oct. 2023 Unlike the Abraham Accords—which mostly sidestepped Palestine—a Saudi-Israel agreement would reportedly be premised on the idea of accepting some modest gestures from Israel regarding its treatment of Palestinians.—Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 13 Oct. 2023 The state’s cap-and-trade system is premised on big polluters, including oil and gas drillers, buying up permits that correspond to emissions avoided through the protection of its vast forests.—Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2023 After all, the show is premised on the idea that one person in a couple issues an ultimatum to their partner, telling them to either propose or take a hike.—Korin Miller, Women's Health, 24 Aug. 2023 The film is premised on the idea that Barbie and Ken visit the human world where men are in charge and Ken, relishing his treatment in a patriarchal society, sets out to try and turn Barbieland into one.—Eliza Anyangwe and Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 3 Aug. 2023 Alyshia Lord, an attorney specializing in personal injury and premises liability litigation, has joined Gomez Trial Attorneys’ San Diego office.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 July 2023 This may be premised on the false belief that renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, can completely replace nuclear and coal on the path to zero carbon emissions.—James Broughel, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
in sense 1, from Middle English premisse, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin praemissa, from Latin, feminine of praemissus, past participle of praemittere to place ahead, from prae- pre- + mittere to send; in other senses, from Middle English premisses, from Medieval Latin praemissa, from Latin, neuter plural of praemissus