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Etymology

Mediaeval Latin postulātum, past participle of postulāre (to assume" later "to appoint or request ecclesiastical appointment), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]], postulō (request).

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Noun

Singular
postulate

Plural
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postulate ({{{1}}})
  1. Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.
  2. A fundamental element; a basic principle.
  3. (logic) An axiom.
  4. A requirement; a prerequisite.
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Verb

Infinitive
to postulate

Third person singular
postulat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to postulate (third-person singular simple present postulat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To assume as a truthful or accurate premise or axiom, especially as a basis of an argument.
    • 1883, Benedictus de Spinoza, translated by R. H. M. Elwes, Ethics, Part 3, Prop. XXII,
      But this pleasure or pain is postulated to come to us accompanied by the idea of an external cause; []
    • 1911, Encyclopædia Britannica, "Infinite",
      [T]he attempt to arrive at a physical explanation of existence led the Ionian thinkers to postulate various primal elements or simply the infinite τὸ ἀπειρον.
  2. (ambitransitive) (Christianity, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To appoint or request one's appointment to an ecclesiastical office.
    • 1874, John Small (ed.), The Poetical Works of Gavin Douglas, Bishop of Dunkeld, Vol 1, p. xvi
      [A]lthough Douglas was postulated to it [the Abbacy of Arbroath], and signed letters and papers under this designation his nomination [] was never completed.
  3. (ambitransitive) (obsolete) To request, demand or claim for oneself.

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Italian

Verb

postulate

  1. Second-person plural present tense of postulare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of postulare.
  3. Feminine plural of postulato.

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