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Definition something assumed as a basis for further logical development; or the proposal of such an assumption
  • I don't accept your third postulate.
  • Freud was not the first to postulate the unconscious.
  • Scientists postulate that initially weightless particles move through a ubiquitous quantum field.
  • it sometimes happened that the more reasonable a student was in mathematics, the more unreasonable she was in the affairs of real life, concerning which few trustworthy postulates have yet been ascertained.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • "A very unreasonable postulate," said the metaphysicians, "and a plain begging of the question."
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • It was imperative that there be postulated against what or whom Ross's crimes had been committed.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • The gold foil that was found at the crime scene was probably used as a layer between the beryllium and polonium as we postulated before.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Just a second, a flicker, allowing the black to rise in its final moment and make him turn upon that on which he had postulated his hope of salvation.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • You must postulate that what she desired above all things was to keep a shut mouth to the world; to Edward and to the women that he loved.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • But to arrive at these laws, resulting from the sum of all those human wills, man's mind postulates arbitrary and disconnected units.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It came to him that he was surrounded by a way of life that could only be understood by postulating an ecology of ideas and values.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He himself called faith in the immortal soul, in God's existence, and in man's free will practical postulates.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Of course, Einstein had postulated that time was relative, and he supposed that could explain it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • General Isham is postulating about supposed 'certainties' and other events which either did not occur or have yet to be proved in this court.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • "A very unreasonable postulate," said the metaphysicians, "and a plain begging of the question.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Possibly, he postulated, it was "the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character unsusceptible of civilization."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In any event, I was skeptical about the happy relationship which Ootek postulated as existing between caribou and wolf.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "It's rather far-fetched," Stone said, "to postulate debris from some extragalactic source other than—"
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Yet the basic difference between Nevian customs and yours lies in only one postulate.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • As we covered each postulate and theorem, it soon became clear that Dorothy actually understood their derivations better than I did.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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