Meaning of POSTULATE
Pronunciation:   'pâschu`leyt



WordNet Dictionary 

 Definition:  
 [n] (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
 [v] take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom; "He posited three basic laws of nature"
 [v] maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no future"
 [v] require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent"


POSTULATE is a 9 letter word that starts with P. 
 Synonyms:   ask, call for, contend, demand, involve, necessitate, need, posit, posit, require, take 

 Antonyms:   eliminate, obviate, rid of  
 See Also:   assert, assumption, claim, cost, cry for, cry out for, draw, govern, imply, insist, premise, premiss, presuppose, proposition  
Webster's 1913 Dictionary 

 Definition:  
\Pos"tu*late\, n. [L. postulatum a demand, request,
prop. p. p. of postulare to demand, prob. a dim. of poscere
to demand, prob. for porcscere; akin to G. forschen to
search, investigate, Skr. prach to ask, and L. precari to
pray: cf. F. postulat. See {Pray}.]
1. Something demanded or asserted; especially, a position or
supposition assumed without proof, or one which is
considered as selfevident; a truth to which assent may be
demanded or challenged, without argument or evidence.
2. (Geom.) The enunciation of a selfevident problem, in
distinction from an axiom, which is the enunciation of a
selfevident theorem.
The distinction between a postulate and an axiom
lies in this,  that the latter is admitted to be
selfevident, while the former may be agreed upon
between two reasoners, and admitted by both, but not
as proposition which it would be impossible to deny.
Eng. Cyc.
\Pos"tu*late\, a.
Postulated. [Obs.] Hudibras.
\Pos"tu*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Postulated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Postulating}.]
1. To beg, or assume without proof; as, to postulate
conclusions.
2. To take without express consent; to assume.
The Byzantine emperors appear to have . . .
postulated a sort of paramount supremacy over this
nation. W. Tooke.
3. To invite earnestly; to solicit. [Obs.] Bp. Burnet.


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