Definition of postulate in English:

postulate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief.

    ‘his theory postulated a rotatory movement for hurricanes’
    with clause ‘she postulated that the environmentalists might have a case’
    • ‘On this basis, we have postulated two scenarios for the future of energy.’
    • ‘Another reason for postulating the existence of such superstructures is some evidence of anomalous membrane roughness suggested by studies of membrane adhesion.’
    • ‘Considering all such factors, there seems no compelling reason to postulate the existence of a hitherto unknown creature in Lake Champlain.’
    • ‘She noted, moreover, that these laws sometimes provide good grounds for claims about the existence of the causal entities postulated by a theory.’
    • ‘Many philosophers treat the beliefs and desires postulated by folk psychology as brain states with symbolic contents.’
    • ‘This effect was postulated to provide a basis for the toxicity of such compounds.’
    • ‘My reason for writing this is not to postulate a gloom-and-doom scenario but to suggest that we be prepared to react to an enemy game plan that may be different from our own.’
    • ‘Weber, like Bergson, stopped just short of postulating the existence of the unconscious.’
    • ‘Early Greek science postulated the existence of a primordial element as the foundation of the material universe.’
    • ‘Attachment theory postulates that bonds with parents have an important bearing on future relationships.’
    • ‘A second theory postulates that when melatonin levels are depressed, female hormones are increased.’
    • ‘Thus, the theory postulates that inertial and gravitational masses are fundamentally the same thing.’
    • ‘The authors postulated that the reasons might have had something to do with productivity.’
    • ‘The authors postulated that this decrease is likely to be multifactorial.’
    • ‘Some researchers postulate that reserves of liquid water still exist underground.’
    • ‘As a result, researchers now postulate that serotonin may have a role in regulating prolactin secretion.’
    • ‘The radical scavenging mechanism postulated above could, therefore, be another mechanism of action.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the model postulates that individuals vary in their propensity for both excitation and inhibition.’
    • ‘Conserved residues within the compact protein cores have been postulated to be critical for protein folding.’
    • ‘We also postulated that there could be different protein isoforms that correlated with these temporal and spatial transcripts.’
    put forward, suggest, advance, posit, hypothesize, take as a hypothesis, propose, assume, presuppose, suppose, presume, predicate, take for granted, theorize
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  • 2(in ecclesiastical law) nominate or elect (someone) to an ecclesiastical office subject to the sanction of a higher authority.

    ‘the chapter was then allowed to postulate the bishop of Bath’

noun

  • 1formal A thing suggested or assumed as true as the basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief.

    ‘perhaps the postulate of Babylonian influence on Greek astronomy is incorrect’
    • ‘On Russell's view, the knowing involved in knowledge of the postulates is a kind of animal knowing, which arises as habitual beliefs from the experience of interaction with the world.’
    • ‘The barium-flame-colour generalization is a deductive consequence of the postulates of atomic theory.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Kant accepted the traditional claims of theology, and even tried to resuscitate them under the obscure doctrine of the postulates of practical reason.’
    • ‘There are still tons of unanswered questions in the field of infectious disease, and as we learn more, we find it's not always as simple and straightforward as Koch's postulates suggest.’
    • ‘But this is not to suggest that Hebb's influence was just his postulates related to synaptic change.’
    hypothesis, thesis, conjecture, supposition, speculation, postulation, postulate, proposition, premise, surmise, assumption, presumption, presupposition, notion, guess, hunch, feeling, suspicion
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    1. 1.1Mathematics An assumption used as a basis for mathematical reasoning.
      • ‘The work of Bolyai and Lobachevsky are comparable in that sense, that they both challenge axiomatic assumptions, but their postulates are of Euclidean geometry.’
      • ‘Since Euclid's axiomatic formulation of geometry mathematicians had been trying to prove his fifth postulate as a theorem deduced from the other four axioms.’
      • ‘As we saw in Chapter 6, 2-4, the plan to identify each branch of mathematics with a single postulate system failed, at least when it comes to describing deductive mathematical practice.’
      • ‘Now the problem which had perplexed Bolyai most in his study of mathematics had been the independence of Euclid's Fifth postulate.’
      • ‘In his work on proofs of the parallel postulate, al-Nayrizi quotes work by a mathematician named Aghanis.’
      • ‘In the same sense that a Cartesian geometry specifies certain axioms, definitions, and postulates as the basis for a formal geometry, an ivory-tower geometry.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in postulate (sense 2 of the verb)): from Latin postulat- ‘asked’, from the verb postulare.

Pronunciation

postulate

/ˈpɒstjʊleɪt/