Definitions for: Premise

[n] a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
[v] set forth beforehand, often as an explanation; "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand..."
[v] take something as preexisting
[v] furnish with a preface

Webster (1913) Definition: Prem"ise, n.; pl. Premises. [Written also, less
properly, premiss.] [F. pr['e]misse, fr. L. praemissus, p.
p. of praemittere to send before; prae before + mittere to
send. See Mission.]
1. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something
previously stated or assumed as the basis of further
argument; a condition; a supposition.

The premises observed, Thy will by my performance
shall be served. --Shak.

2. (Logic) Either of the first two propositions of a
syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.

Note: ``All sinners deserve punishment: A B is a sinner.''
These propositions, which are the premises, being true
or admitted, the conclusion follows, that A B deserves

While the premises stand firm, it is impossible
to shake the conclusion. --Dr. H. More.

3. pl. (Law) Matters previously stated or set forth; esp.,
that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which
is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or
thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the
habendum; the thing demised or granted.

4. pl. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts;
as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's premises.

Pre*mise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Premised; p. pr. &
vb. n. Premising.] [From L. praemissus, p. p., or E.
premise, n. See Premise, n.]
1. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to
be before something else; to employ previously. [Obs.]

The premised flames of the last day. --Shak.

If venesection and a cathartic be premised. --E.

2. To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main
subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or
aid in understanding what follows; especially, to lay down
premises or first propositions, on which rest the
subsequent reasonings.

I premise these particulars that the reader may know
that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task.

Pre*mise", v. i.
To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.

Synonyms: assumption, introduce, preface, premiss, premiss

See Also: condition, exposit, expound, major premise, major premiss, minor premise, minor premiss, posit, postulate, preamble, precondition, presuppose, prologise, prologize, say, set forth, state, stipulation, subsumption, tell, thesis

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