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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He posited that radiation of the same kind as light could be produced directly by electricity.
▪ He therefore posits a set of shadowy near-duties to discourage it.
▪ It is normally posited that the marginal disutility of employment is an increasing function of the actual level of employment.
▪ Like Heidegger, Lacan posits a self formed in and from a social matrix of meaning.
▪ The ecological D-Day he posits is compelling and complex.
▪ This type of analytical framework posits a range of views from strong versions of racism to weak versions of ethnocentrism.
▪ We do not even have to posit a genetic advantage in imitation, though that would certainly help.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Posit \Pos"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Posited; p. pr. & vb. n. Positing.] [L. ponere, positum, to place. See Position.]

  1. To dispose or set firmly or fixedly; to place or dispose in relation to other objects.
    --Sir M. Hale.

  2. (Logic) To assume as real or conceded; as, to posit a principle.
    --Sir W. Hamilton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to assert," 1690s, from Latin positus "placed, situated, standing, planted," past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)). Related: Posited; positing.


n. 1 Something that is posited; a postulate. 2 (context aviation English) (abbreviation of position English) vb. 1 assume the existence of; to postulate. 2 Propose for consideration or study; to suggest. 3 Put (something somewhere) firmly.

  1. v. put (something somewhere) firmly; "She posited her hand on his shoulder"; "deposit the suitcase on the bench"; "fix your eyes on this spot" [syn: situate, fix, deposit]

  2. put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty" [syn: submit, state, put forward]

  3. take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom; "He posited three basic laws of nature" [syn: postulate]


n. (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning [syn: postulate]


Posit is something that is posited; a postulate; an axiom. It may also refer to:

POSIT, as an acronym, may stand for:

  • Pose from Orthography and Scaling with Iterations, a computer vision algorithm that performs 3D pose estimation

Usage examples of "posit".

February, positing ways to make the tax cut more stimulative by accelerating the rate cuts or altering tax-withholding tables retroactively to January 1 in 2001.

He posits, for instance, an atmosphere composed mostly of an enomagnetized, digammated, attenuated form of oxygen.

And even if we could throw it into reverse, all the currently accepted theories of time distortion posit an infinitely variform multiverse rather than a single linear universe .

The Physiocrats allow themselves to posit only the material reality of goods, which means that the formation of value in exchange becomes a process costly in itself and must be debited against existing goods.

This indeed is why we posit that which transcends Being, since Being and Substance cannot but be a plurality, necessarily comprising the genera enumerated and therefore forming a one-and-many.

As for the remaining so-called genera, we have shown that they are reducible to those which we have posited.

But if not only the things enumerated are in some one genus, but also the propositions and terms in question must be each of them significative of some genus, then we shall assert that negative propositions and terms posit certain things within a restricted field and deny others.

All consciousness involves temporality for Sartre, for it is always directed toward a future and posited against the background of a past.

The femme self of the adult CD can arguably be seen as the transvestic analogue of an adult relationship with a woman--the logic being that just as the juvenile CD became his mother, the adult CD posits a feminine self to whom he can relate emotionally and sexually.

Instead, von Schwein posits that kinky technology ended the Atlantian Empire.

Andy, upon receiving his summons, had felt himself chosen, not unlike one of the ancient kings of Calicut who had their throats cut after enjoying a brief, prescribed term of reign, although here Andy, as a student of the human condition, posited too darkly what William may or may not have had in mind.

By positing the point as the unit from which to start, and deriving our conception of the plane from the point, we constitute Euclidean space.

All intellectualistic thinking about politics posits a certain great non-existent characteristic of human nature.

But this content is indicated only in a representation that posits itself as such, and that which is signified resides, without residuum and without opacity, within the representation of the sign.

The prepositional form posits as a condition of language the affirmation of a relation of identity or difference: we can speak only in so far as this relation is possible.