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It is a foolish supposition.
  something put forth to believe as true — especially when others doubt that reality
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supposition suppositions suppositional
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb suppose to a noun.
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  • It is a foolish supposition.
  • She paints a vivid picture, but we must remember it is all mere supposition.
  • Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.
    George Washington
  • Such a supposition ... is altogether inconsistent with real existence;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum

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  • This functionary, however, has been thoroughly mystified; and the remote source of his defeat lies in the supposition that the Minister is a fool, because he has acquired renown as a poet.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • ) The most important of these suppositions involved Morris Fink, who, given his limited capabilities, had already performed more intelligently than anyone had a right to expect.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My head was beginning to buzz with all these suppositions, and I was glad to see that we were approaching a fairly large village.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Resenting this supposition, which had never occurred to me, I looked away from him and out the window, at his depressing view of the white brick building across the street.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Her eyes beamed with her suppositions suddenly confirmed.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The supposition did not pain her.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • Well, it is a possible supposition.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Not meeting any sufficient response, he went on, "Is it possible that I have erred in my supposition?"
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "You do me too much honour," said the Marquis; "still, I prefer that supposition."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Well, that leaves us the valet-not a very likely supposition.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • This supposition appeared to her most reasonable.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • We’ve made some hypotheses, some suppositions, but nobody really knows what the nests were like.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • But such a supposition did by no means involve the remotest suspicion as to any boat’s crew being assigned to that boat.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Somebody has changed your suppositions.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I have formed no supposition on the subject, sir; but I want to go on as usual for another month.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • On the supposition that Pearl, as already hinted, was of demon origin, these good people not unreasonably argued that a Christian interest in the mother’s soul required them to remove such a stumbling-block from her path.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • After that, I realized that anthropology is a great blend of history and supposition and mystery, all of which appealed to me.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Victor, be assured that your cousin and playmate has too sincere a love for you not to be made miserable by this supposition.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This made him less uneasy, it must be owned, than if the new-comer had proved to be a customs officer; but this supposition also disappeared like the first, when he beheld the perfect tranquillity of his recruit.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • That supposition was even more disturbing than the other; and it was the one which had come to him the night before, when he had seen her standing in the kitchen door.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • As if to confirm this last supposition, the dull boom of a gun was heard from out at sea.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The supposition that it was a calculated crime and a cunning criminal doesn’t work.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • People engaged in the most fantastic suppositions, and instead of feeling calmer they were twice as anxious as before.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • If she should chance to meet any who knew her, she reflected that the well-known kindness of the family would be of itself a blind to suspicion, as making it an unlikely supposition that she could be a fugitive.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • My supposition is that sheer chance has made us privy to an important secret.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He then had it returned and obtained another—a most instructive incident, since it proved conclusively to my mind that we were dealing with a real hound, as no other supposition could explain this anxiety to obtain an old boot and this indifference to a new one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • By the afternoon even those who believed in the Unseen were beginning to resume their little amusements in a tentative fashion, on the supposition that he had quite gone away, and with the sceptics he was already a jest.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Indeed his own account of his fearful state lends colour to that supposition.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Langdon could scarcely believe his own supposition, and yet, considering who had given this stone cylinder to them, how he had given it to them, and now, the inlaid Rose on the container, Langdon could formulate only one conclusion.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But even on this supposition the balanced civilization that was at last attained must have long since passed its zenith, and was now far fallen into decay.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • He seemed to yield to the justice of this supposition, in spite of himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • "But I never said a word about the Emperor!" said the officer, justifying himself, and unable to understand Rostov’s outburst, except on the supposition that he was drunk.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Q. I think you will agree that that is a relatively uninformed supposition.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • The slightest inattention to these was unpardonable, and was visited upon those, under whose care they were placed, with the severest punishment; no excuse could shield them, if the colonel only suspected any want of attention to his horses—a supposition which he frequently indulged, and one which, of course, made the office of old and young Barney a very trying one.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • As soon as her doctor allowed her to put her foot out-of-doors she hurried up to Green Gables, bursting with curiosity to see Matthew and Marilla’s orphan, concerning whom all sorts of stories and suppositions had gone abroad in Avonlea.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Ho, no, no, no, no: my meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient; yet his means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand, moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, and other ventures he hath, squandered abroad.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Thus feeding his mind with many sweet thoughts and "sugared suppositions," he journeyed along the sides of a range of hills which look out upon some of the goodliest scenes of the mighty Hudson.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Besides, it was Sunday; and there was something about Bartleby that forbade the supposition that he would by any secular occupation violate the proprieties of the day.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • We had our own kind of fame, based mostly on the rich girls’ supposition and our own silence.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • This is in the supposition of his attachment continuing what it now is; but I do not know that I expect it will; I do not look upon him to be quite the sort of man— I do not altogether build upon his steadiness or constancy.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • ’Your suppositions are just in fact.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • All this I was forced to define and describe by putting cases and making suppositions.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Though these seemed very strong reasons for such a supposition, yet (thought I) why should the devil make the print of his foot to no purpose, as I can see, when he might have taken other ways to have terrified me? why should he leave his mark on the other side of the island, and that too on the sand, where the surging waves of the ocean might soon have erased the impression.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I hope that I am right in this supposition; for upon it I build my expectation of reading the entire riddle.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Pavel, the tall one, was said to be an anarchist; since he had no means of imparting his opinions, probably his wild gesticulations and his generally excited and rebellious manner gave rise to this supposition.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • A feeling such as his was profaned by talk of the rivalry of some Petersburg officer, of the suppositions and the counsels of Stepan Arkadyevitch.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
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