presuppose

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verb pre·sup·pose \ˌprē-sə-ˈpōz\

Definition of presuppose

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to suppose beforehand

  3. 2 :  to require as an antecedent in logic or fact

presupposition

play \(ˌ)prē-ˌsə-pə-ˈzi-shən\ noun

presuppositional

play \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of presuppose in a Sentence

  1. The rule presupposes a need to restrict student access to the library.

  2. the book presupposes its readers will already know something about the subject

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 15th century


PRESUPPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

presuppose

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verb pre·sup·pose \ˌprē-sə-ˈpōz\

Definition of presuppose for English Language Learners

  • : 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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