verb (postulat, ing)
- Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.
- A fundamental element; a basic principle.
- (logic) An axiom.
- A requirement; a prerequisite.
Etymology: Medieval Latin postulÄre, postulÄt-, to nominate to a bishopric, to assume, from , to request.
- (transitive) To make claim for; to demand.
- (transitive) To assume or assert the truth, reality, or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument.
- (transitive) To assume as a premise or axiom; to take for granted. See Synonyms at presume.
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