Definitions of premise

  1. To state antecedent propositions.
  2. To state in advance, as an explanation.
  3. To send or state before the rest: to make an introduction: to lay down propositions for subsequent reasonings.
  4. To state, or lay down, first.
  5. To state in advance.
  6. To make an explanation beforehand.
  7. To speak or write previously, or as introductory to the main subject; to lay down as propositions to reason from.
  8. 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.
  9. Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
  10. 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.
  11. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts; as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's premises.
  12. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
  13. 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.
  14. To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.
  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. A proposition laid down or proven, as a basis for argument.
  17. A preposition antecedently assumed or laid down.
  18. 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.
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