Thursday, February 25, 2016

Word of the day: posit


verb (posits, positing, posited)

1 [with object] Put forward as fact or as a basis for argument:
'the Confucian view posits a perfectible human nature'

1.1 (posit something on) Base something on the truth of (a particular assumption):
'these plots are posited on a false premise about women’s nature as inferior'

2 [with object and adverbial] Put in position; place:
'the Professor posits Cohen in his second category of poets'

Philosophy: A statement which is made on the assumption that it will prove to be true.

Mid 17th century: from Latin posit- 'placed', from the verb ponere.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

posit something posit that… (formal) to suggest or accept that something is true so that it can be used as the basis for an argument or discussionsynonym postulateMost religions posit the existence of life after death.She posits that ideas of gender are socially constructed.They were forced to modify the political premises on which the regime was posited. Source: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary