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postulate

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Medieval Latin postulātum, past participle of postulāre (to assume" later "to appoint or request ecclesiastical appointment), from Latin, postulō (request).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, noun) IPA(key): /ˈpɒs.tjʊ.lət/
  • (UK, verb) IPA(key): /ˈpɒs.tjʊ.leɪt/
  • (US, noun) IPA(key): /ˈpɑs.tʃə.lət /, /ˈpɑs.tjə.lət/
  • (US, verb) IPA(key): /ˈpɑs.tʃə.leɪt /, /ˈpɑs.tjə.leɪt/
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  • Hyphenation: pos‧tu‧late

NounEdit

postulate (plural postulates)

  1. Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.
  2. A fundamental element; a basic principle.
  3. (logic) An axiom.
  4. A requirement; a prerequisite.
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VerbEdit

postulate (third-person singular simple present postulates, present participle postulating, simple past and past participle postulated)

  1. To assume as a truthful or accurate premise or axiom, especially as a basis of an argument.
    • 1883, Benedictus de Spinoza, translated by R. H. M. Elwes, Ethics, Part 3, Prop. XXII,
      But this pleasure or pain is postulated to come to us accompanied by the idea of an external cause; []
    • 1911, Encyclopædia Britannica, "Infinite",
      [T]he attempt to arrive at a physical explanation of existence led the Ionian thinkers to postulate various primal elements or simply the infinite τὸ ἀπειρον.
  2. (transitive, intransitive, Christianity, historical) To appoint or request one's appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
    • 1874, John Small (ed.), The Poetical Works of Gavin Douglas, Bishop of Dunkeld, Vol 1, p. xvi
      [A]lthough Douglas was postulated to it [the Abbacy of Arbroath], and signed letters and papers under this designation his nomination [] was never completed.
  3. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To request, demand or claim for oneself.

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AdjectiveEdit

postulate (not comparable)

  1. Postulated.
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ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

postulate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of postulare
  2. second-person plural imperative of postulare
  3. feminine plural of postulato

LatinEdit

VerbEdit

postulāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of postulō