Definitions for postulateˈpɒs tʃəˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pos•tu•lateˈpɒs tʃəˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt(v.; n.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing

  1. (v.t.)to claim or assume the existence or truth of, esp. as a basis for reasoning or arguing.

  2. to ask, demand, or claim.

  3. to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.

  4. Math., Logic. to assume as a postulate.

    Category: Math, Philosphy

  5. (n.)something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.

  6. Math., Logic. a proposition that requires no proof, being self-evident, or that is for a specific purpose assumed true, and that is used in the proof of other propositions; axiom.

    Category: Math, Philosphy

  7. a fundamental principle.

  8. a necessary condition; prerequisite.

Origin of postulate:

1525–35; < L postulātum petition, thing requested, n. use of neut. ptp. of postulāre to request, demand, akin to pōscere to request


Princeton's WordNet

  1. postulate, posit(verb)

    (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning

  2. contend, postulate(verb)

    maintain or assert

    "He contended that Communism had no future"

  3. postulate, posit(verb)

    take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom

    "He posited three basic laws of nature"

  4. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)

    require as useful, just, or proper

    "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"


  1. postulate(Noun)

    Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.

  2. postulate(Noun)

    A fundamental element; a basic principle.

  3. postulate(Noun)

    An axiom.

  4. postulate(Noun)

    A requirement; a prerequisite.

  5. postulate(Verb)

    To assume as a truthful or accurate premise or axiom, especially as a basis of an argument.

  6. postulate(Verb)

    To appoint or request one's appointment to an ecclesiastical office.

  7. postulate(Verb)

    To request, demand or claim for oneself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Postulate(noun)

    something demanded or asserted; especially, a position or supposition assumed without proof, or one which is considered as self-evident; a truth to which assent may be demanded or challenged, without argument or evidence

  2. Postulate(noun)

    the enunciation of a self-evident problem, in distinction from an axiom, which is the enunciation of a self-evident theorem

  3. Postulate(adj)


  4. Postulate(verb)

    to beg, or assume without proof; as, to postulate conclusions

  5. Postulate(verb)

    to take without express consent; to assume

  6. Postulate(verb)

    to invite earnestly; to solicit

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