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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛmɪs


Pronunciation: /prɪˈmʌɪz
[with object] (premise something on/upon) Back to top  
  • 1Base an argument, theory, or undertaking on: the reforms were premised on our findings
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    • 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 indestructible
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    • 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.
    postulate, hypothesize, conjecture, posit, theorize, suppose, presuppose, surmise, assume, predicate, argue, state, assert
    rare hypothecate
  • 1.2 archaic State by way of introduction: I will premise generally that I hate lecturing


late Middle English: from Old French premisse, from medieval Latin praemissa (propositio) '(proposition) set in front', from Latin praemittere, from prae 'before' + mittere 'send'.

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