Definition of positum in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɒzɪtəm/


rare Philosophy
  • A thing laid down or presupposed, especially as a basis for argument; a postulated or posited entity.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Bacon (1561–1626), lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher. From post-classical Latin positum (in medieval Logic) a thing which is laid down as a basis for reasoning, the thing supposed, assumed, or taken for granted, use as noun of classical Latin positum, neuter of past participle of pōnere to place, put, lay.