Postulate

Definition of Postulate

Pos´tu`late
n.1.Something demanded or asserted; especially, a position or supposition assumed without proof, or one which is considered as self-evident; a truth to which assent may be demanded or challenged, without argument or evidence.
2.(Geom.) The enunciation of a self-evident problem, in distinction from an axiom, which is the enunciation of a self-evident theorem.
The distinction between a postulate and an axiom lies in this, - that the latter is admitted to be self-evident, while the former may be agreed upon between two reasoners, and admitted by both, but not as proposition which it would be impossible to deny.
- Eng. Cyc.
a.1.Postulated.
v. t.1.To beg, or assume without proof; as, to postulate conclusions.
[imp. & p. p. Postulated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Postulating.]
2.To take without express consent; to assume.
The Byzantine emperors appear to have . . . postulated a sort of paramount supremacy over this nation.
- W. Tooke.
3.To invite earnestly; to solicit.

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