pos´tu|la´tion


pos´tu|la´tion
pos|tu|late «noun. POS chuh liht; verb. POS chuh layt», noun, verb, -lat|ed, -lat|ing.
–n.
something taken for granted or assumed as a basis for reasoning; fundamental principle; necessary condition: »

One postulate in geometry is that a straight line is the shortest distance between any two points. The underlying postulate … was that knowledge is good and that those who advance knowledge need no further justification for their existence (Bertrand Russell).

SYNONYM(S): hypothesis.
–v.t.
1. to assume without proof as a basis of reasoning; take for granted; require as a fundamental principle or necessary condition: »

Geometry postulates certain things as a basis for its reasoning.

2. to require; demand; claim.
[< New Latin postulatum < Latin postulāre to demand]
pos´tu|la´tion, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • tion — ab·bre·vi·a·tion; ab·di·ca·tion; ab·duc·tion; ab·er·ra·tion; ab·er·ra·tion·al; ab·jec·tion; ab·junc·tion; ab·ju·ra·tion; ab·lac·ta·tion; ab·la·tion; ab·lu·tion; ab·mi·gra·tion; ab·ne·ga·tion; ab·o·li·tion; ab·o·li·tion·ary; ab·o·li·tion·dom;… …   English syllables

  • hy|pos´ta|ti|za´tion — hy|pos|ta|tize «hy POS tuh tyz, hih », transitive verb, tized, tiz|ing. to treat or regard as a distinct substance or reality; attribute substantial existence to. –hy|pos´ta|ti|za´tion, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • hy|pos|ta|tize — «hy POS tuh tyz, hih », transitive verb, tized, tiz|ing. to treat or regard as a distinct substance or reality; attribute substantial existence to. –hy|pos´ta|ti|za´tion, noun …   Useful english dictionary

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