presuppose

verb pre·sup·pose \ ˌprē-sə-ˈpōz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of presuppose

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

presupposition

play \(ˌ)prē-ˌsə-pə-ˈzi-shən\ noun

presuppositional

play \(ˌ)prē-ˌsə-pə-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

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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


PRESUPPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

presuppose

verb

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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