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as in: the premise of the argument Define
something assumed to be true that can be used to build a logical argument
  • Her logic is fine except that it assumes a false premise.
  • Her argument rests on two premises.

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  • I pulled at his sleeve, and we were followed up the sidewalk by a philippic on our family’s moral degeneration, the major premise of which was that half the Finches were in the asylum anyway, but if our mother were living we would not have come to such a state.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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as in: the premise of the story Define
something that provides context -- such as the underlying situation in a situation comedy
  • The premise of the movie is that a band of vampires live in New York and...
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as in: she premised her comments by... Define
provide a preface or introduction
  • She premised her remarks by thanking the executive committee for their work.
  • She will premise her remarks with...

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  • But apart from temporary aberration, the doctor diagnosed mania, which premised, in his words, to lead to complete insanity in the future.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But here be it premised, that owing to the unwearied activity with which of late they have been hunted over all four oceans, the Sperm Whales, instead of almost invariably sailing in small detached companies, as in former times, are now frequently met with in extensive herds, sometimes embracing so great a multitude, that it would almost seem as if numerous nations of them had sworn solemn league and covenant for mutual assistance and protection.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Everything that she, Baby Kochamma, had done, had been premised on one assumption.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • And, thirdly, old Arthur premised that the girl was a delicate and beautiful creature, and that he had really a hankering to have her for his wife.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Having premised thus much, we will now detain those who like our bill of fare no longer from their diet, and shall proceed directly to serve up the first course of our history for their entertainment.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • For it must be premised that while the Major was lying ill at Madras, having made such prodigious haste to go thither, the gallant —th, which had passed many years abroad, which after its return from the West Indies had been baulked of its stay at home by the Waterloo campaign, and had been ordered from Flanders to India, had received orders home; and the Major might have accompanied his comrades, had he chosen to wait for their arrival at Madras.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Little need be premised about Tibby.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I have already premised that, after having examined the constitution of the township and the county of New England in detail, I should take a general view of the remainder of the Union.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1

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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.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The naturalist raised his tablets to the heavens, and disposed himself to read as well as he could, by the dim light they yet shed upon the plain; premising with saying— "Listen, girl, and you shall hear, with what a treasure it has been my happy lot to enrich the pages of natural history!"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • ’Now,’ said Jeremiah; ’premising that I’m not going to stand between you two, will you let me ask (as I have been called in, and made a third) what is all this about?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Premising this, I proceed to lay it down as a rule, that one man of discernment is better fitted to analyze and estimate the peculiar qualities adapted to particular offices, than a body of men of equal or perhaps even of superior discernment.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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as in: located on the premises Define
land and buildings together -- especially of a business or organization
  • She was injured on the premises of the defendant.
  • Will you now do me the favor of leaving the premises?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Against the fence, in a line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for as tenderly as if they belonged to Miss Maudie Atkinson, had Miss Maudie deigned to permit a geranium on her premises.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He refuses to do any copying; he refuses to do any thing; he says he prefers not to; and he refuses to quit the premises.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • "Then," I said, "you have been making a miscalculation, and the letter is not upon the premises, as you suppose."
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • Miss Frutti said she’d know a Maycomb voice anywhere, and there were no Maycomb voices in that parlor last night— rolling their r’s all over her premises, they were.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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  • Moira and Dwight walked down the little drive to see the doctor and his wife safely off the premises.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • For there was a monster on the premises—which had been born to Pasiphae, the queen.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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  • Isabelle looked around anxiously, as if hoping there was someone she could appeal to for help in removing Clary from the premises.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • I also was greatly taken by Mrs. Zimmerman’s overview of her establishment, which she expounded as she led me around the premises.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • There was no mention of two suspicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the premises, or a flashlight, or a silver cross on a chain.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Highclass licensed premises.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • While he is so occupied, I will tell you, reader, what they are: and first, I must premise that they are nothing wonderful.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The law I bear no malice for my death; ’T has done, upon the premises, but justice; But those that sought it I could wish more Christians.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Taking the bread under his arm, the young gentlman turned into a small public-house, and led the way to a tap-room in the rear of the premises.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He was a solicitor and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new premises were ready.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • You, a deputy procureur, to found an accusation on such bad premises!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • GUARD Let me premise a word about myself?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • All their calculations rested on the premise that I wanted to make money.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Though the people who work there are not on the premises after hours, any sound we make might travel through the walls.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • On Ministry of Magic premises.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He then cleaned up the premises, locked the door, put the key in a place she would know if she came back, and returned to his masonry at Alfredston.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Tanks had broken into the premises, and a fierce battle was under way there.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Yes, I was there, somewhere on the premises, in any case.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • He did not appreciate a woman being on the premises, I can tell you that.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • The cafe was situated roughly in the center of the wide alley, its premises once a nineteenth-century office building.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I can smell you even with Shor on the premises.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I have heard of a dog that barked at every stranger who approached his master’s premises with clothes on, but was easily quieted by a naked thief.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Mrs. Houghton, you’ll have to leave the premises.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Amy, however, had gone far beyond this basic premise.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • I wondered if Mattie lived on the premises, maybe upstairs.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • I fancy that I have investigated every nook and corner of the premises in which it is possible that the paper can be concealed.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • They’d push me ’way from de ring plays and make out they couldn’t play wid nobody dat lived on premises.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Frau Diller administered this feeling, dishing it out as the only free item from her premises.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The club leader was Carl-Magnus "Magge" Lundin, who was pictured in Aftonbladet when the police raided the premises in 2001.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Once you accepted a single premise of his, something he had said to her several times: "Man was born to hunt…women."
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • So would Harker kindly remove his dirty feet from the premises before he sicked the dog on him.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • Liquor buried twenty feet from the premises, and no trouble yet.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • It’s evidently useful to keep a Martinique obeah woman on the premises.’
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • I would be most pleased to show you over the premises myself, and to explain our methods to you.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Isabel was full of premises, conclusions, emotions; if she had come in search of local colour she found it everywhere.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He saw many young girls but wasn’t allowed to take them off the premises, presumably for fear that that they would flee.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • On the fourth day the opening of the auxiliary hospital in the premises of a primary school was officially announced.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Until you are given a full tour of the grounds and premises, I ask that you stick only to those rooms and areas that I designate.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • The pledge occurs when the sharp gets the flat to buy into the basic premise of the game.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • You fight for your friend, to keep him alive, and he fights for you, and everything about the army is built on this simple premise.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • She thought that he ought to be grateful that he was allowed on the factory premises at all, and allowed to touch things that Touchables touched.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • They would like permission to search the premises, which means we have to vote.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • These premises suffice to give me a key to all the rest.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Under its regulations, each racial group could own land, occupy premises, and trade only in its own separate area.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • An old man belonging to Colonel Lloyd, while thus engaged, happened to get beyond the limits of Colonel Lloyd’s, and on the premises of Mr. Beal Bondly.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • If I ever know of your speaking to him, I will cowhide you both; and if I catch him lurking about my premises, I will shoot him as soon as I would a dog.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • He complained that there is a gutter on the adjoining house which discharges rain-water on his premises, and is undermining the foundations of his house.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The premise of apartheid was that whites were superior to Africans, Coloureds, and Indians, and the function of it was to entrench white supremacy forever.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He escorted her firmly off the premises, after he had relieved her of several small (but rather valuable) articles that had somehow fallen inside her umbrella.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
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