- 1Require as a precondition of possibility or coherence: their original prediction presupposed a universe only three billion years oldMore example sentences
- But individuality and distinctiveness presuppose coherence and unity: without them, nothing can stand on its own as an object either of admiration or contempt.
- Nevertheless, our very procedure, in deriving therefrom a lawlike description of the infinite modes, presupposes the possibility of a deductive science.
- Protest, however, also presupposed the possibility of improving one's condition by exerting pressure.
- 1.1 [with clause] Tacitly assume at the beginning of a line of argument or course of action that something is the case: your argument presupposes that it does not matter who is in powerMore example sentences
- Such an argument would have to presuppose that there is somehow something wrong with being gay.
- Such an argument presupposes that the owner operates hands-off.
- This argument presupposes that rational individuals either cannot, or do not, act in their own best interests.
late Middle English: from Old French presupposer, suggested by medieval Latin praesupponere, from prae 'before' + supponere 'place under' (see suppose).