# postulate

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**postulate**— posÂ·tuÂ·late || pÉ‘stÊƒÉ™leÉªt / pÉ’stjÊŠ n. assumption, premise; requirement, prerequisite; basic principle, fundamental tenet; axiom, fact that requires no proof v. presume, suppose; assume, take for granted; claim, stipulate; demand, require …32

**postulate**— verb pɒstjʊleɪt 1》 suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief. 2》 (in ecclesiastical law) nominate or elect to an ecclesiastical office subject to the sanction of a higher… …33

**postulate**— I. n. 1. Supposition, conjecture, hypothesis, assumption, theory, speculation, axiom, assumed truth, postulatum. 2. (Geom.) Self evident problem. II. v. a. 1. Assume, presuppose. 2. Solicit, entreat, supplicate, beseech …34

**postulate**— 1 verb (T) formal to suggest that something might have happened or be true (+ that): One theory postulates that the ancient Filipinos came from India and Persia. postulation noun (C, U) 2 noun (C) formal something believed to be true, but not… …35

**postulate**— verb a theory postulated by a respected scientist Syn: put forward, suggest, advance, posit, hypothesize, propose; assume, presuppose, presume, take for granted …36

**postulate**— v 1. assume, suppose, presuppose, presume, take for granted; posit, predicate, theorize, hypothesize, hypothecate, speculate; infer, gather, conjecture; guess, surmise, judge, deem, conclude, deduce. 2. ask, solicit, beg, plead, supplicate,… …37

**postulate**— pos·tu·late …38

**postulate**— verb (t) /ˈpɒstʃəleɪt / (say poschuhlayt) (postulated, postulating) 1. to ask, demand, or claim. 2. to claim or assume the existence or truth of, especially as a basis for reasoning. 3. to assume without proof, or as self evident; take for… …39

**postulate**— v.t. require or assume as necessary or true; n. assumption; necessary condition; axiom. ♦ postulant, n. candidate for religious order. ♦ postulation, n. ♦ postulatory, a …40

**postulate**— v. & n. v.tr. 1 (often foll. by that + clause) assume as a necessary condition, esp. as a basis for reasoning; take for granted. 2 claim. 3 (in ecclesiastical law) nominate or elect to a higher rank. n. 1 a thing postulated. 2 a fundamental… …