Premise Definition

premised, premises, premising, premiss
A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.
American Heritage
A previous statement or assertion that serves as the basis for an argument.
Webster's New World
Either of the two propositions of a syllogism from which the conclusion is drawn.
Webster's New World
The property so mentioned.
Webster's New World
The part of a deed or lease that states the parties involved, the property in conveyance, and other pertinent facts.
Webster's New World
premised, premises, premising
To provide a basis for; base.
American Heritage
To make a premise.
Webster's New World
To state as a premise.
Webster's New World
To introduce or preface (a discourse, etc.)
Webster's New World
To state in advance as an introduction or explanation.
American Heritage
  • be factual

Origin of Premise

  • From Middle English, from Old French premisse, from Medieval Latin premissa (“set before") (premissa propositio (“the proposition set before")), feminine past participle of Latin premittere (“to send or put before"), from pre- (“before") + mittere (“to send").

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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