Pronunciation: /ˈprɛmɪs /
- 1 (British also premiss) Logic A previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion: if the premise is true, then the conclusion must be trueMore example sentences
- A valid inference is one where the conclusion follows from the premiss.
- More formally, the conclusion of a deduction follows necessarily from the premisses.
- Such propositions appear only as premises, never as conclusions.
- 1.1An assertion or proposition which forms the basis for a work or theory: the fundamental premise of the reportMore example sentences
- It is the fundamental premise of the theory of evolution.
- The fundamental premise of the report is that violence is both predictable and preventable.
- The central premise of the theory is that disorder operates on honest people and on the disorderly in different ways.
Pronunciation: /prɪˈmʌɪz /[with object] (premise something on/upon) Back to top
- 1Base an argument, theory, or undertaking on: the reforms were premised on our findingsMore example sentences
- At the beginning of his Memorial, the writer premises his argument on religious values.
- The problem is that the argument is premised on a falsehood.
- But he cannot invoke this common-sense reason for setting aside history, for his entire theory is premised on the idea that justice is a matter of ‘history’ not ‘end states’.
- 1.1State or presuppose (something) as a premise: [with clause]: one school of thought premised that the cosmos is indestructibleMore example sentences
- Which is to say that on these premises it makes no sense to attribute consciousness to another human being at all.
- In his concluding remarks, he rather defensively explains: ‘This book was always premised to be about my country, not about the Balkans or any other foreign country.’
- In several obvious ways, the way John represented his interest premises the idea that fans are consumerists.
late Middle English: from Old French premisse, from medieval Latin praemissa (propositio) '(proposition) set in front', from Latin praemittere, from prae 'before' + mittere 'send'.