Definition of supposition in English:


Line breaks: sup¦pos|ition
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n


A belief held without proof or certain knowledge; an assumption or hypothesis: they were working on the supposition that his death was murder [mass noun]: their outrage was based on supposition and hearsay
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  • Hypotheses, suppositions tentatively accepted, help the therapist to focus on what seems most relevant at that moment.
  • There is no direct evidence, and what follows is too contingent on a series of hypothetical suppositions to be convincing.
  • In most cases, however, this kind of mutual informing included only assumptions and suppositions.


late Middle English (as a term in scholastic logic): from Old French, or from late Latin suppositio(n-) (translating Greek hupothesis 'hypothesis'), from the verb supponere (see suppose).



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  • Willingness to understand differences at the suppositional level can also generate goodwill.

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