Definition of premise in English:


Syllabification: prem·ise
Pronunciation: /ˈpremis




[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
  • 1.2 archaic State by way of introduction: [with clause]: 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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