Definition of premise in English:
- 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.
- 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.
verb[with object] (premise something on/upon) Back to top
- 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’.
- 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'.
Words that rhyme with premisechrysalis • surplice • amice
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