V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) an idea, theory, or statement that serves as the basis or evidence for action, argument, or conclusion; (v.) 1. to say something as an introduction to what will follow; 2. to put forth a premise

Synonyms: (n.) hypothesis, proposition, assumption, supposition, basis, evidence, (v.) assume, presume, introduce, suppose, predicate, base, set forth


Tips: Essentially, a premise is the basis for an argument. If you want to have a discussion about something, you may propose a premise from which the discussion will then follow.

Usage Examples:

For the sake of argument, let's put forth this premise. (assumption, supposition) noun

He premised his speech on the idea that everyone believes in the good of humanity. (predicated, based) verb

The premise of the movie was that three men couldn't raise a baby together. (assumption, basis) noun

Do you mean to premise that she may have lied to us? (presume, suppose, set forth) verb

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