The definition of a premise is a previous statement that an argument is based or how an outcome was decided.(noun)
An example of premise is a couple seeing a movie chosen by one, because they saw a movie chosen by the other last week.
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Origin: ME premisse < ML praemissa < L praemissus, pp. of praemittere, to send before < prae-, before + mittere, to send: see pre- & mission
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noun also prem·iss
Origin: Middle English premisse
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Medieval Latin praemissa (propositiō), (the proposition) put before, premise
Origin: , from Latin
Origin: , feminine past participle of praemittere, to set in front
Origin: : prae-, pre-
Origin: + mittere, to send. Word History: Why do we call a single building the premises? To answer this question, we must go back to the Middle Ages. But first, let it be noted that premises comes from the past participle praemissa, which is both a feminine singular and a neuter plural form of the Latin verb praemittere, “to send in advance, utter by way of preface, place in front, prefix.” In Medieval Latin the feminine form praemissa was used as a term in logic, for which we still use the term premise descended from the Medieval Latin word (first recorded in a work composed before 1380). Medieval Latin praemissa in the plural meant “things mentioned before” and was used in legal documents, almost always in the plural, a use that was followed in Old French and Middle English, both of which borrowed the word from Latin. A more specific legal sense in Middle English, “that property, collectively, which is specified in the beginning of a legal document and which is conveyed, as by grant,” was also always in the plural in Middle English and later Modern English. And so it remained when this sense was extended to mean “a house or building with its grounds or appurtenances,” a usage first recorded before 1730.
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