pre·​sup·​pose | \ ˌprē-sə-ˈpōz How to pronounce presuppose (audio) \
presupposed; presupposing; presupposes

Definition of presuppose

transitive verb

1 : to suppose beforehand
2 : to require as an antecedent in logic or fact

Other Words from presuppose

presupposition \ (ˌ)prē-​ˌsə-​pə-​ˈzi-​shən How to pronounce presuppose (audio) \ noun
presuppositional \ (ˌ)prē-​ˌsə-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce presuppose (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of presuppose in a Sentence

The rule presupposes a need to restrict student access to the library. the book presupposes its readers will already know something about the subject
Recent Examples on the Web Winning records in the regular season do not presuppose postseason success. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 And, none of them presuppose that the Biden White House and Democrats in the House and Senate will be able to make a deal on the $1.75 trillion(ish) social safety net bill sometime before the end of the year. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 12 Nov. 2021 Reversals like this don’t jibe well with the way most of us are taught to understand our history—through strictly forward-moving narratives that often presuppose an astounding moral ignorance on the part of our forebears. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 24 Aug. 2021 Most philosophical theories regarding responsibility presuppose some other theory on free will. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, 17 May 2021 The Bible describes how the second Passover – a year after the Israelites left Egypt – is celebrated in the wilderness, but seems to presuppose that its future celebration will be in the temple in Jerusalem. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, 24 Mar. 2021 Any action taken by a Biden administration would have to presuppose that Democrats gain control of the Senate and retain control of the House, and even then, nothing is guaranteed, said Mark Mazur, director of The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2020 Similarly, the existence of a social order does not presuppose a government giving comprehensive and minute direction to the social order. . . . Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 12 Aug. 2020 Onward presupposes that Earth's history is rich with dragons, wizards, elves, fairies, unicorns, centaurs, and the like. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 6 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of presuppose

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for presuppose

Middle English, from Middle French presupposer, from Medieval Latin praesupponere (perfect indicative praesupposui), from Latin prae- + Medieval Latin supponere to suppose — more at suppose

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“Presuppose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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