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English noun: premise

1. premise (communication) a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn


SamplesOn the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play.


Synonymsassumption, premiss


Broader (hypernym)posit, postulate


Narrower (hyponym)condition, major premise, major premiss, minor premise, minor premiss, precondition, scenario, stipulation, subsumption, thesis


English verb: premise

1. premise (communication) set forth beforehand, often as an explanation


SamplesHe premised these remarks so that his readers might understand.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)exposit, expound, set forth

2. premise (communication) furnish with a preface or introduction


SamplesShe always precedes her lectures with a joke.
He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution.


Synonymsintroduce, precede, preface


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell


Narrower (hyponym)preamble, prologise, prologize, prologuize

3. premise (cognition) take something as preexisting and given


Synonymspremiss


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)presuppose, suppose









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