premiss

Definitions of premiss
  1. noun
    a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
    synonyms: assumption, premise
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    major premise, major premiss
    the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion)
    minor premise, minor premiss, subsumption
    the premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term (which is the subject of the conclusion)
    thesis
    an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
    condition, precondition, stipulation
    an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
    scenario
    a postulated sequence of possible events
    warrant
    (rhetoric) an assumption or underlying belief that connects evidence to a claim
    boundary condition
    (mathematics) a condition specified for the solution to a set of differential equations
    provision, proviso
    a stipulated condition
    type of:
    posit, postulate
    (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
  2. verb
    take something as preexisting and given
    synonyms: premise
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    type of:
    presuppose, suppose
    take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
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