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1  —as in:
the premise of the argument
Definition something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • Her argument rests on two premises.
premises = things assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her logic is fine except that it assumes a false premise.
  • premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • The premise of the message was that Shawn had been reborn, spiritually cleansed.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • Then, friend John, am I to take it that you simply accept fact, and are satisfied to let from premise to conclusion be a blank?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • That is, accepting the premise that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have successfully got away with murder in their time.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • Though the languages in which it was told varied as widely as the terrain he covered—ranging from Afrikaans to Hindi to Japanese to Welsh—and the details of the story often changed, its basic premise was the same: A solitary man blessed with fear some physical abilities and armed with a curious assemblage of weaponry crossed continents on a mysterious quest that led him to headwear merchants the world over-whether a peddler of knitted caps operating from a tent in a North African...
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • 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
premise = assumption (used to logically build an argument)

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2  —as in:
the premise of the story
Definition 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...
premise = context (underlying situation)
  • The premise of the show is that she awakens with amnesia and doesn't know if she is in the country legally.
premise = context (underlying situation)

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3  —as in:
she premised her comments by...
Definition provide a preface or introduction
  • She premised her remarks by thanking the executive committee for their work.
premised = provided a preface or introduction
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She will premise her remarks by acknowledging the committee's work.
  • premise = preface or introduce
  • Everything that she, Baby Kochamma, had done, had been premised on one assumption.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • 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
  • 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
  • '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
  • Little need be premised about Tibby.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • '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
  • 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
  • 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

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4  —as in:
located on the premises
Definition land and/or buildings — especially of a business or organization
  • She was injured on the premises of the defendant.
premises = property
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • At what time did the officer reach the premises?
  • premises = property
  • But it didn't matter much, because they was still on the premises somewheres.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • premises = property
  • Whatever it was, Mamer dropped the potato back on the pile and dragged Rudy from his premises.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • premises = place (land and buildings together)
  • 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
  • premises = property
  • 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
  • premises = property
  • Next to it was another sign which declared that it was a violation of the Texas Penal Code to bring guns, explosives, weapons, drugs, or alcohol onto the premises.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • premises = place (land and buildings together)
  • Shortly afterward the mufti went to the woman who owned the school premises and said, "Ziauddin is running a haram school in your building and bringing shame on the mohalla [neighborhood]."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • premises = property
  • 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
  • premises = land
  • With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
premises = property

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