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Verb: postulate  'pós-chu,leyt
  1. Maintain or assert
    "He postulated that Communism had no future";
    - contend
  2. Take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom
    "He postulated three basic laws of nature";
    - posit
  3. Must previously have happened or existed, happen or be in place during (in order for stated thing to be happening or be the case)
    "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent";
    - necessitate, ask, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand
Noun: postulate  'pós-chu,leyt
  1. (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
    - posit

Derived forms: postulated, postulating, postulates

Type of: claim, presuppose, proposition, suppose

Encyclopedia: Postulate