presuppose

verb
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

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Other Words from presuppose

presupposition \ (ˌ)prē-​ˌsə-​pə-​ˈzi-​shən How to pronounce presupposition (audio) \ noun
presuppositional \ (ˌ)prē-​ˌsə-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce presuppositional (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 Darwin’s theory doesn’t presuppose any special direction in evolution. Quentin Wheeler, Quartz, "That popular monkey-to-man chart gets evolution all wrong," 4 Sep. 2019 Darwin’s theory doesn’t presuppose any special direction in evolution. Quentin Wheeler, Quartz, "That popular monkey-to-man chart gets evolution all wrong," 4 Sep. 2019 Darwin’s theory doesn’t presuppose any special direction in evolution. Quentin Wheeler, Quartz, "That popular monkey-to-man chart gets evolution all wrong," 4 Sep. 2019 Darwin’s theory doesn’t presuppose any special direction in evolution. Quentin Wheeler, Quartz, "That popular monkey-to-man chart gets evolution all wrong," 4 Sep. 2019 Darwin’s theory doesn’t presuppose any special direction in evolution. Quentin Wheeler, Quartz, "That popular monkey-to-man chart gets evolution all wrong," 4 Sep. 2019 Darwin’s theory doesn’t presuppose any special direction in evolution. Antonio G. Valdecasas, The Conversation, "Evolution doesn’t proceed in a straight line – so why draw it that way?," 3 Sep. 2019 But this presupposes that maximizing shareholder value is what corporations have been doing all along. Dean Baker, Twin Cities, "Dean Baker: CEOs say shareholders won’t be No. 1 anymore. But they weren’t – the CEOs themselves were.," 21 Aug. 2019 That, of course, presupposes that the public had not already been warned. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Mitch McConnell Didn’t Stop Obama from Doing Anything about Russia in 2016," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of presuppose was in the 15th century

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presuppose

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English Language Learners Definition of presuppose

formal
: to be based on the idea that something is true or will happen
: to require or depend on (something) in order to be true or exist

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