What does postulate mean?

Definitions for postulateˈpɒs tʃəˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word postulate.

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

  7. Origin: [L. postulatum a demand, request, prop. p. p. of postulare to demand, prob. a dim. of poscere to demand, prob. for porcscere; akin to G. forschen to search, investigate, Skr. prach to ask, and L. precari to pray: cf. F. postulat. See Pray.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Postulate

    pos′tū-lāt, v.t. to assume without proof: to take for granted or without positive consent: (eccles.) to ask legitimate authority to admit a nominee by dispensation, when a canonical impediment is supposed to exist.—v.i. to make demands.—n. a position assumed as self-evident: (geom.) a self-evident problem: a petition: a condition for the accomplishment of anything.—ns. Pos′tulant, a candidate; Postulā′tion, the act of postulating: solicitation.—adjs. Pos′tulātory, supplicatory: assuming or assumed without proof as a postulate; Pos′tural. [L. postulāre, -ātum, to demand—poscĕre, to ask urgently.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of postulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of postulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elie Wiesel:

    There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.

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