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Meaning of PREMISE

Pronunciation:  [v]'premis or pru'meyz, 'premis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
  2. [v]  set forth beforehand, often as an explanation; "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand..."
  3. [v]  take something as preexisting
  4. [v]  furnish with a preface

PREMISE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: assumption, introduce, preface, premiss, premiss
 See Also: condition, exposit, expound, major premise, major premiss, minor premise, minor premiss, posit, postulate, preamble, precondition, presuppose, prologise, prologize, say, set forth, state, stipulation, subsumption, tell, thesis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Prem"ise\, n.; pl. {Premises}. [Written also, less
    properly, {premiss}.] [F. pr['e]misse, fr. L. praemissus, p.
    p. of praemittere to send before; prae before + mittere to
    send. See {Mission}.]
    1. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something
       previously stated or assumed as the basis of further
       argument; a condition; a supposition.
             The premises observed, Thy will by my performance
             shall be served.                      --Shak.
    2. (Logic) Either of the first two propositions of a
       syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
    Note: ``All sinners deserve punishment: A B is a sinner.''
          These propositions, which are the premises, being true
          or admitted, the conclusion follows, that A B deserves
                While the premises stand firm, it is impossible
                to shake the conclusion.           --Dr. H. More.
    3. pl. (Law) Matters previously stated or set forth; esp.,
       that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which
       is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or
       thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the
       habendum; the thing demised or granted.
    4. pl. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts;
       as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's premises.
  2. \Pre*mise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Premised}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Premising}.] [From L. praemissus, p. p., or E.
    premise, n. See {Premise}, n.]
    1. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to
       be before something else; to employ previously. [Obs.]
             The premised flames of the last day.  --Shak.
             If venesection and a cathartic be premised. --E.
    2. To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main
       subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or
       aid in understanding what follows; especially, to lay down
       premises or first propositions, on which rest the
       subsequent reasonings.
             I premise these particulars that the reader may know
             that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task.
  3. \Pre*mise"\, v. i.
    To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.