- The definition of a premise is a previous statement that an argument is based or how an outcome was decided.
An example of premise is a couple seeing a movie chosen by one, because they saw a movie chosen by the other last week.
premise definition by Webster's New World
- also sp. Chiefly Brit.premiss
- a previous statement or assertion that serves as the basis for an argument
- Logic either of the two propositions of a syllogism from which the conclusion is drawn
- the part of a deed or lease that states the parties involved, the property in conveyance, and other pertinent facts
- the property so mentioned
- a piece of real estate; house or building and its land: keep off the premises
Origin: Middle English premisse ; from Midieval Latin praemissa ; from Classical Latin praemissus, past participle of praemittere, to send before ; from prae-, before plush mittere, to send: see pre- and amp; mission
- to state as a premise
- to introduce or preface (a discourse, etc.)
premise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun also prem·iss
- A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.
- Logic a. One of the propositions in a deductive argument.b. Either the major or the minor proposition of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
- premises Law The preliminary or explanatory statements or facts of a document, as in a deed.
- premisesa. Land and the buildings on it.b. A building or part of a building.
- To state in advance as an introduction or explanation.
- To state or assume as a proposition in an argument.
Origin: Middle English premisse, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praemissa (propositiō), (the proposition) put before, premise, from Latin, feminine past participle of praemittere, to set in front : prae-, pre- + 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.
premise - Computer Definition
An assumption, proposition, or presupposition that serves as the basis for an argument. The word is often confused with premises. For example, CPE is the initialism for Customer Premises Equipment, which is equipment physically located on the customer premises -- at least that is the premise. See also premises.
premise - Legal Definition