Definition of presupposition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpriːsʌpəˈzɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːsʌpəˈzɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable] (formal)
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something that you believe to be true and use as the beginning of an argument even though it has not been proved; the act of believing it is true synonym assumption theories based on presupposition and coincidence Word Originmid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin praesuppositio(n-), from the verb praesupponere, from prae ‘before’ + supponere ‘place under’ (from sub- ‘from below’ + ponere ‘to place’).Extra examples These theories are based on presupposition and guesswork. Try to clear your mind of any presuppositions. Your presuppositions are quite wrong.
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