postulation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n postulation a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
    • n postulation (logic) a declaration of something self-evident; something that can be assumed as the basis for argument
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Postulation The act of postulating, or that which is postulated; assumption; solicitation; suit; cause.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postulation Supplication; prayer.
    • n postulation The act of postulating, or assuming without proof; supposition; assumption.
    • n postulation In ecclesiastical law, the presentation or election to any office of one who is in some way disqualified for the appointment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Postulation the act of postulating: solicitation
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Quotations

  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.”
  • Albert Low
    Albert Low
    “The criterion of simplicity requires that the minimum number of assumptions be postulated.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. postulatio,: cf. F. postulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. postulāre, -ātum, to demand—poscĕre, to ask urgently.

Usage

In literature:

So habituated then have we become to rapid change in the conditions of life that the first thing we postulate is further change.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
I hope it will be so for it will postulate a foundation in fact.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Here again the actual adaptations are in accordance with the preliminary postulates of the theory.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
They shall be given a fair hearing, and may postulate their views without prejudice in any way.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
From these three postulates the conclusion can be drawn that there has come into existence a new race.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
It is simply a postulate.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
Most of them consist in the proposal of additional postulates; some are attempts to do without any new postulate.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
It is true that most of them have continued to postulate the reality of material bodies.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
To postulate its activity would be merely to multiply causes without necessity.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
Leverrier postulated Neptune long before his "long-distance" theory was verified.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
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In poetry:

What shall I your true-love tell?
Speaking-while is scant.
What shall I your true-love tell,
Death's white postulant?
"Messages" by Francis Thompson
She print' an' sent a postul-card
To Uncle Sidney, telling
How glad he'll be to hear that she
"Toock the onners in Speling."
"A Session With Uncle Sidney" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Several lines of evidence have led us to postulate that afferent vagal hyperactivity could be an important factor in the pathophysiology of the eating disorder bulimia nervosa.
A history professor once postulated that the most pivotal battle shaping America's destiny was not Yorktown or Gettysburg, but Quebec in 1759.
Monsignor Anthony Muntone, Diocesan Co-Postulator for Father Ciszek's Cause for Canonization said, "The issuing of the decree by the Congregation is a major step forward in the effort to see Father Ciszek canonized a saint of the Church.".
People who think they are being wiretapped by the cops could disable the taps by sending a stream of text messages or making numerous VOIP calls to overwhelm the system's thin bandwidth, researchers in Pennsylvania postulate.
Scientific theories postulate that we are attracted at a base genetic level to people who exude certain smells, so why not use the nose to sniff out a mate.
Pope John Paul II is pictured in an image released March 25 by the postulation of his sainthood cause.
(CNS photo/Grzegorz Galazka, courtesy of Postulation of Pope John Paul II).
Neurogenic cardiac arrhythmias have been postulated as a cause.
I postulated the relationship of the subarachnoid hemorrhages and complaints of sciatica.
Robert Rossen's 1961 feature is a somber morality play postulating as existential hero a pool hustler perfecting his craft (Paul Newman at his best).
Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have postulated that one day, humans will be able to download their consciousness to a computer.
Postulated in 1930 by Wolfgang Pauli to explain discrepancies in the behavior of radioactive nuclei, neutrinos are electrically neutral and astonishingly indifferent to "ordinary" matter.
Biologically targeted therapies have been postulated as a viable strategy to improve outcomes for women with ovarian cancer.
In 2006, Kak postulated a theory known as the three-stage protocol, which relies on the unpredictability of photons to ensure hackers can't locate or replicate the information used to transmit information.
Kaiser's Postulate : Bringing Free Market Economics to South America.
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In science:

From Theorem 2.3 we immediately obtain the following uniform bounds for the postulation number.
Uniform bounds in generalized Cohen-Macaulay rings
Although the barriers are never directly observed, it is postulated that the cytoskeletal barriers are the reason for the transient spatial confinement of particle.
Monte Carlo Random Walk Simulations Based on Distributed Order Differential Equations
However, another approach has been proposed which makes use of the postulated quark-hadron duality in neutrino reactions.
Wroclaw neutrino event generator
We summarize the AGM postulates (K ∗ 7) and (K ∗ 8) in (∗4) : (∗4) If T ∗ T ′ is consistent with T ′′ , then T ∗ (T ′ ∪ T ′′ ) = (T ∗ T ′ ) ∪ T ′′ .
Domain closure conditions and definability preservation
We postulate strictly analytic dependence of state vectors on the complex time (in the Schrodinger’s picture), and consider the generalized conservative systems with time- and temperature-independent Hamiltonian.
Arrow of time in generalized quantum theory and its classical limit dynamics
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