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ˌpri səˈpoʊzpre·sup·pose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. presuppose, supposeverb

    take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand

    "I presuppose that you have done your work"

  2. presuppose, supposeverb

    require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

    "This step presupposes two prior ones"


  1. presupposeverb

    To assume some truth without proof, usually for the purpose of reaching a conclusion based on that truth.

    Etymology: From Latin prae- "before", and supponere "to suppose".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presupposeverb

    to suppose beforehand; to imply as antecedent; to take for granted; to assume; as, creation presupposes a creator

    Etymology: [Pref. pre- + suppose: cf. F. prsupposer.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Presuppose

    prē-sup-pōz′, v.t. to suppose before actual knowledge: to assume or take for granted.—n. Presupposi′tion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of presuppose in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of presuppose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of presuppose in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Haimes:

    Family offices need someone they trust, you need to go into each meeting without an agenda, without trying to presuppose what a client wants.

  2. Walter Raleigh:

    All histories do show, and wise politicians do hold it necessary that, for the well-governing of every Commonweal, it behoveth man to presuppose that all men are evil, and will declare themselves so to be when occasion is offered.

  3. Walter Raleigh:

    Who so taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be.

  4. Maxim Behar:

    At first glance, total transparency, fast communication, and the unrestricted use of media presuppose a fertile ground for manipulation, which may be one reason the world is becoming so cautious. But transparency doesn`t have that much to do directly and specifically with manipulation.

  5. John Wood Campbell, Jr.:

    We presuppose two things that there is yet to be learned infinitely more than is now known, and that man can learn it.

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    • A. tight
    • B. profound
    • C. cosmopolitan
    • D. urban

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