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English noun: postulate

1. postulate (communication) (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning


Broader (hypernym)proposition

Narrower (hyponym)assumption, Bayes' postulate, premise, premiss

Domain categorylogic

English verb: postulate

1. postulate (communication) maintain or assert

SamplesHe contended that Communism had no future.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)claim

2. postulate (cognition) take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom

SamplesHe posited three basic laws of nature.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)presuppose, suppose

Narrower (hyponym)assert, insist

3. postulate (stative) require as useful, just, or proper

SamplesIt 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 postulate a patient's consent.

Synonymsask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, require, take

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)claim, compel, cost, cry for, cry out for, draw, exact, govern, take

Verb groupclaim, exact, take

Antonymsobviate, rid of, eliminate

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