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posit Syllabification: pos·it
Pronunciation: /ˈpäzət/

Definition of posit in English:

verb (posits, positing, posited)

1 [with object] Assume as a fact; put forward as a basis of argument: the Confucian view posits a perfectible human nature [with clause]: he posited that the world economy is a system with its own particular equilibrium
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  • I decided to do a little field research to test said hypothesis, one I've in fact posited myself on occasion.
  • As soon as you let colonial architecture be a part of the vernacular then you have posited a sensible argument and can stop there.
  • If one wants to use a god of the gaps argument, one can posit an intelligent cause as an alternative to any scientific theory.
postulate, put forward, advance, propound, submit, hypothesize, propose, assert
1.1 (posit something on) Base something on the truth of (a particular assumption): these plots are posited on a false premise about women’s nature as inferior
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  • You seem to be positing your argument on the assumption that Weldon v Neal is engaged if, but only if, the material facts had been pleaded in a different legal category as applied to them.
  • The first posits an attack on Washington, possibly the Capitol, which was believed to be the target of the 9/11 jet that crashed in Pennsylvania.
  • But the off-hand manner in which he posits a major attack on US soil ‘affecting’ the presidential election suggests he is merely echoing a common theme of discussions in the corridors of power of the American capital.
2 [with object] Put in position; place: the professor posits Cohen in his second category of poets
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  • In a bid to find the best way to hold a public debate on the future of such issues as genetic modification of foods, the panel posited a range of imaginary products which modern biotechnology might be able to engineer.
  • The salient recommendations likely to be posited before the Government range from the noble to the strategic.
  • The ideal speech situation posits a space in which uncoerced dialogue can take place free of distortion, in what Habermas refers to as action oriented towards mutual understanding.


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A statement that is made on the assumption that it will prove to be true.
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  • Aristotle divides posits into two types, definitions and hypotheses.
  • The existence of deeply iterated sets, including the infinite ones, is a theoretical posit, supported by the upper tier of Maddy's epistemology.
  • He compares and contrasts the ontological commitments in western and African thought systems, and indicates that the theoretical posits in the two systems of thought are similar to one another.


Mid 17th century: from Latin posit- 'placed', from the verb ponere.

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