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Definition of presuppose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they presuppose
    he / she / it presupposes
    past simple presupposed
    -ing form presupposing
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  1. 1presuppose something to accept something as true or existing, and act on that basis before it has been proved to be true synonym presume Teachers sometimes presuppose a fairly high level of knowledge by the students.
  2. 2presuppose that… presuppose something to depend on something in order to exist or be true synonym assume His argument presupposes that it does not matter who is in power.
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