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NOUN (1)

1. a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn;
- Example: "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
[syn: premise, premiss, assumption]


VERB (3)

1. set forth beforehand, often as an explanation;
- Example: "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand"

2. furnish with a preface or introduction;
- Example: "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"
- Example: "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"
[syn: precede, preface, premise, introduce]

3. take something as preexisting and given;
[syn: premise, premiss]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Premise \Prem"ise\, n.; pl. Premises. [Written also, less properly, premiss.] [F. pr['e]misse, fr. L. praemissus, p. p. of praemittere to send before; prae before + mittere to send. See Mission.] 1. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition. [1913 Webster] The premises observed, Thy will by my performance shall be served. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Logic) Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn. [1913 Webster] Note: "All sinners deserve punishment: A B is a sinner." [1913 Webster] These propositions, which are the premises, being true or admitted, the conclusion follows, that A B deserves punishment. [1913 Webster] While the premises stand firm, it is impossible to shake the conclusion. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. (Law) Matters previously stated or set forth; esp., 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. [1913 Webster] 4. pl. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts; as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's premises. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Premise \Pre*mise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Premised; p. pr. & vb. n. Premising.] [From L. praemissus, p. p., or E. premise, n. See Premise, n.] 1. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The premised flames of the last day. --Shak. [1913 Webster] If venesection and a cathartic be premised. --E. Darwin. [1913 Webster] 2. To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows; especially, to lay down premises or first propositions, on which rest the subsequent reasonings. [1913 Webster] I premise these particulars that the reader may know that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Premise \Pre*mise"\, v. i. To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise. --Swift. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

premise n 1: a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play" [syn: premise, premiss, assumption] v 1: set forth beforehand, often as an explanation; "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand" 2: furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution" [syn: precede, preface, premise, introduce] 3: take something as preexisting and given [syn: premise, premiss]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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