postulate

Part of speech: verb

To assume ( something) as self- evident or already known.

Part of speech: noun

Something so assumed.

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Usage examples "postulate":

  1. Our lady Eve had half been satisfied To obey her Maker, if I had not learnt To fix my postulate better. - "The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Vol. I", Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
  2. Postulate action, and the very form of the intellect can be deduced from it. - "Creative Evolution", Henri Bergson.
  3. In the third place, from the point of view of the categories, the process of schematizing should be a process whereby we combine the manifold into a whole A in accordance with the conception C, and thereby render possible the subsumption of A under the category B. If it be a process which actually subsumes the manifold under B, it will actually perform that, the very impossibility of which has made it necessary to postulate such a process at all. - "Kant's Theory of Knowledge", Harold Arthur Prichard.