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From Middle English, from Old French premisse, from Medieval Latin premissa ‎(set before) (premissa propositio ‎(the proposition set before)), feminine past participle of Latin praemittere ‎(to send or put before), from prae- ‎(before) + mittere ‎(to send).



premise ‎(plural premises)

  1. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition.
  2. (logic) Any of the first propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is deduced.
    • Dr. H. More
      While the premises stand firm, it is impossible to shake the conclusion.
  3. (usually in the plural, law) Matters previously stated or set forth; especially, that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the habendum; the thing demised or granted.
  4. (usually in the plural) A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
    trespass on another’s premises
  5. The fundamental concept that drives the plot of a film or other story.

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premise ‎(third-person singular simple present premises, present participle premising, simple past and past participle premised)

  1. To state or assume something as a proposition to an argument.
  2. To make a premise.
  3. To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows.
    • Addison
      I premise these particulars that the reader may know that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task.
  4. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
    • Shakespeare
      the premised flames of the last day
    • E. Darwin
      if venesection and a cathartic be premised






  1. third-person singular past historic of premettere


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