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premise
used in David Copperfield

11 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
she premised her comments by...
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  • 'After premising thus much, it would be a work of supererogation to add, that dust and ashes are for ever scattered 'On 'The 'Head 'Of 'WILKINS MICAWBER.'
    Chapters 28-30 (55% in)
  • Allow me to say that I fully defer to the reasonable character of that inquiry, and proceed to develop it; premising that it is not an object of a pecuniary nature.
    Chapters 49-51 (2% in)

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  • His shell-jacket was as much too little for him as he was too big for the premises.
    Chapters 43-45 (24% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Almost the first remarkable thing I observed in Miss Murdstone was, her being constantly haunted by a suspicion that the servants had a man secreted somewhere on the premises.
    Chapters 4-6 (10% in)
  • The advertisement directed us to apply to Mrs. Crupp on the premises, and we rung the area bell, which we supposed to communicate with Mrs. Crupp.
    Chapters 22-24 (78% in)
  • 'No, indeed,' said I. In short, my aunt, seeing how enraptured I was with the premises, took them for a month, with leave to remain for twelve months when that time was out.
    Chapters 22-24 (80% in)
  • If it had lasted any longer, I think I must have gone down on my knees on the gravel, with the probability before me of grazing them, and of being presently ejected from the premises besides.
    Chapters 25-27 (69% in)
  • That individual is in legal possession of the premises, under a distress for rent.
    Chapters 28-30 (54% in)
  • Kidnappers and inveiglers were planted in all the avenues of entrance to the Commons, with instructions to do their utmost to cut off all persons in mourning, and all gentlemen with anything bashful in their appearance, and entice them to the offices in which their respective employers were interested; which instructions were so well observed, that I myself, before I was known by sight, was twice hustled into the premises of our principal opponent.
    Chapters 37-39 (60% in)
  • I was glad to infer, from these slight premises, that Mr. Micawber was doing well; and consequently was much surprised to receive, about this time, the following letter from his amiable wife.
    Chapters 40-42 (97% in)
  • A little while afterwards, he broke out in an entirely new direction, and confessed to a knowledge of burglarious intentions as to our premises, on the part of the pot-boy, who was immediately taken up.
    Chapters 46-48 (75% in)

There are no more uses of "premise" in David Copperfield.

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