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postulate

Translation of postulate in Spanish:

transitive verb

American English: /ˈpɑstʃəˌleɪt/
British English: /ˈpɒstjʊleɪt/
  • 1.1 (Mathematics, Philos)
    Example sentences
    • On this basis, we have postulated two scenarios for the future of energy.
    • Another reason for postulating the existence of such superstructures is some evidence of anomalous membrane roughness suggested by studies of membrane adhesion.
    • Considering all such factors, there seems no compelling reason to postulate the existence of a hitherto unknown creature in Lake Champlain.
    1.2 (assume)
    dar por supuesto

noun

American English: /ˈpɑstʃələt/
British English: /ˈpɒstjʊlət/
  • 1.1 (Mathematics, Philos) 1.2 (assumption)
    Example sentences
    • On Russell's view, the knowing involved in knowledge of the postulates is a kind of animal knowing, which arises as habitual beliefs from the experience of interaction with the world.
    • The barium-flame-colour generalization is a deductive consequence of the postulates of atomic theory.
    • Nevertheless, Kant accepted the traditional claims of theology, and even tried to resuscitate them under the obscure doctrine of the postulates of practical reason.
    Example sentences
    • The work of Bolyai and Lobachevsky are comparable in that sense, that they both challenge axiomatic assumptions, but their postulates are of Euclidean geometry.
    • Since Euclid's axiomatic formulation of geometry mathematicians had been trying to prove his fifth postulate as a theorem deduced from the other four axioms.
    • As we saw in Chapter 6, 2-4, the plan to identify each branch of mathematics with a single postulate system failed, at least when it comes to describing deductive mathematical practice.

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