Definitions of premise

  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"
  2. take something as preexisting and given
  3. 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"
  4. set forth beforehand, often as an explanation; " He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand"
  5. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition.
  6. Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
  7. 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.
  8. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts; as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's premises.
  9. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
  10. 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.
  11. To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.
  12. To state in advance, as an explanation.
  13. To make an explanation beforehand.
  14. A statement accepted as true from which a conclusion is drawn.
  15. That which is premised: a proposition antecedently supposed or proved for after- reasoning: ( logic) one of the two propositions in a syllogism from which the conclusion is drawn: the thing set forth in the beginning of a deed:- pl. a building and its adjuncts.
  16. To send or state before the rest: to make an introduction: to lay down propositions for subsequent reasonings.
  17. A proposition laid down or proven, as a basis for argument.
  18. To state, or lay down, first.
  19. To state in advance.
  20. A proposition laid down as a basis of reasoning.
  21. A distinct portion of land with its appurtenances.
  22. A preposition antecedently assumed or laid down.
  23. The two propositions of a syllogism, called respectively major and minor, from which the conclusion is deduced, subject- matter of a conveyance or deed as set forth in the beginning; a building and its adjuncts.
  24. To speak or write previously, or as introductory to the main subject; to lay down as propositions to reason from.
  25. To state antecedent propositions.
  26. To speak or write as introductory to the main subject; to explain or offer previously; to lay down as first propositions on which the subsequent ones are based.

Usage examples for premise

  1. And indeed the elderly gentleman was a person of whom one might premise, judging by his voice and appearance, that he would probably make himself at home anywhere. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. I therefore premise that those who may be tempted to take up this publication, merely with a view of seeking aliment for their enmity, will, in more respects than one, probably find themselves disappointed. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  3. It may take, for instance, as its major premise, Love is the divine secret of blessedness. – The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William de Witt Hyde
  4. Granting this premise, then what should follow next? – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels
  5. I only premise that I have left the facts of the history unaltered, even in the names; and that I believe them to be, in every particular, true. – Stories of Childhood by Various
  6. There must be as little disturbance as possible of the premise of a self- contained community. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  7. Indeed, in a land so peculiarly adapted to their cultivation, it is difficult to account for this neglect if you admit the premise that Americans are civilized and intellectual. – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  8. The premise of the suffrage argument that the woman in industry needs the ballot in order to get fair treatment is the assumption that she now fails to get as fair treatment as is given the industrial man, and that this is due to the fact that she has no vote. –  by
  9. Here again Ogilvie has not so much a unity of structure in view as a unity of the passions, and it is this particular theme which generally guides his discourse; it is the general premise upon which his inquiry depends and on which his major justification of lyric poetry is based. – An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients by John Ogilvie Commentator: Wallace Jackson
  10. The real nerve of the thinking of a mind so vehement, so passionate, so essentially dramatic is to be sought not in some principle which was the major premise of his syllogisms, but in some pervading emotion. – Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by H. N. Brailsford
  11. In such a case it is impossible to premise to what clouds of self- delusion an imaginative man will not rise. – Essays Æsthetical by George Calvert
  12. The ballooning exploits which, however, we have now to recount had quite another and more special object consistently in view- that of scientific investigation; and we would here premise that the proper appreciation of these investigations will depend on a due understanding of the attendant circumstances, as also of the constant characteristic behaviour of balloons, whether despatched for mere travel or research. – The Dominion of the Air by J. M. Bacon
  13. This I thought fit to premise before the lives of Pelopidas and Marcellus, who were both great men, but who both fell by their own rashness. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  14. I suppose that the chief premise for my hospitality towards the religious testimony of others is my conviction that " normal" or " sane" consciousness is so small a part of actual experience. – The Letters of William James, Vol. II by William James
  15. As a matter of course the argument was built upon the premise that the so- called Confederate States were never legally separated from the Union, but were bound by all the obligations and entitled to all the privileges of other States. – The Struggle between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction by Charles Ernest Chadsey
  16. Edward clearly found himself able to accept only the premise. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  17. As is well known, the premise of this prevision is in the actual conditions of present capitalist production. – Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History by Antonio Labriola
  18. If she, the Tocsin, knew, then- his mind was working subconsciously, leaping from premise to a dimly seen, half formed conclusion, while his eyes travelled rapidly over the written lines. – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  19. And his rage was based upon the premise that Lawler was guilty. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  20. The point is that whoever removed the needle pricked himself and yet did not die of the venom- unless it was a person not under our observation, an unlikely premise. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve