• WordNet 3.6
    • v premise take something as preexisting and given
    • v premise furnish with a preface or introduction "She always precedes her lectures with a joke","He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"
    • v premise set forth beforehand, often as an explanation "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand"
    • n premise a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Premise A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts; as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's premises.
    • Premise A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition. "The premises observed,
      Thy will by my performance shall be served."
    • Premise (Logic) Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn. "While the premises stand firm, it is impossible to shake the conclusion."
    • Premise (Law) Matters previously stated or set forth; esp., that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the habendum; the thing demised or granted.
    • v. i Premise To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.
    • Premise To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously. "The premised flames of the last day.""If venesection and a cathartic be premised ."
    • Premise To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows; especially, to lay down premises or first propositions, on which rest the subsequent reasonings. "I premise these particulars that the reader may know that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n premise A judgment causing another judgment; a proposition belief in which leads to the belief in another proposition called a conclusion; a proposition from which, with or without others, something is inferred or concluded.
    • n premise A condition set forth; a supposition.
    • n premise plural In law, what has been stated before or above (in a document); the aforesaid. That part of the beginning of a deed or conveyance where the names of the parties, their additions, and the consideration and moving cause of the instrument are stated.
    • n premise Hence plural The subject of a conveyance; lands and houses or tenements; a house or building and the outhouses and places belonging to it.
    • premise To set forth or make known beforehand, as introductory to the main subject; offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows; lay down as an antecedent proposition.
    • premise To send before the time.
    • premise To state premises; preface an argument or other discourse with premises.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Premise prem′is that which is premised or stated at the outset: a proposition previously stated or proved for after-reasoning:
    • v.t Premise prē-mīz′ to send or state before the rest: to make an introduction: to lay down propositions for subsequent reasonings.
    • n Premise prem′is (logic) one of the two propositions in a syllogism from which the conclusion is drawn: the thing set forth in the beginning of a deed
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  • Samuel Butler
    “Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand-year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.”
  • William Zinsser
    William Zinsser
    “Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prémisse, fr. L. praemissus, p. p. of praemittere, to send before; prae, before + mittere, to send. See Mission


In literature:

Business Premises, London, England.
"The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, Jan-Mar, 1890" by Various
So now, the widow Schmittheimer having vacated the premises, the work of rehabilitation began in earnest.
"The House" by Eugene Field
The question seemed to base itself upon what premises you thought fit to start from.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
The premise of the court was wrong, and hence the feebleness of the reasoning and the false conclusions.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
It was close upon midnight and the presence of a prowler on the premises caused his heart to gallop wildly.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
The owner had taken possession of the premises and leased to another tenant.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Just what is our duty in the premises, gentlemen, is a serious question.
"A Woman for Mayor" by Helen M. Winslow
I was over on your premises just a little while ago and met those two ladies.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Their toilet was soon made, when they quietly left Scip and myself in possession of the premises.
"Among the Pines" by James R. Gilmore
Admit, then, for one moment, the premises, and grant that our boys and girls are to have separate institutions of learning.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
There were neither sugar, spices, nor tea, on the premises, and the salt before us was the last in the dwelling.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
In the disinfection of stables and premises it is essential to execute the work in a most thorough manner.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The Rothschilds would not float a loan until they were assured that the premises were not mortgaged.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Sybil did all that a young lady of her rank could do in the premises.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Think of the premise.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
You break in any time after midnight, and I engage you shall find the Venus on the premises.
"The Tinted Venus" by F. Anstey
Outside their premises, all was like a May sabbath.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The teachings of the church had made too profound an impression for any doubt in the premises to exist.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
They start, without exception, from false premises.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
A portion of the castle is used as a prison, and the convicts work in gangs about the premises.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

DEMON. On impossible and false issues
There can be no argument;--
But your premises admitting,
Say what then?
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Now love, or leave, my dear; retreat, or follow;
I Daphne (this premised) take thee Apollo;
And may I split into ten thousand trees
If I give up on other terms than these.
"Daphne to Apollo. Imitated From The First Book Of Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Matthew Prior
He laid down his premises round her,
He scraped at her with his saws;
He rained great facts upon her,
And read her the marriage laws;
But the harder he tried to convince her, the harder and harder she was.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton
The firemen acted heroicallv, without any dread,
And when they entered the back premises they found the six children dead;
But Mr Brookes, 'tis said, is still alive,
And I hope for many years he will survive.
"The Disastrous Fire at Scarborough" by William Topaz McGonagall
Quoth Matthew, I know that from Berwick to Dover
You've sold all our premises over and over;
And now if your buyers and sellers agree
You may throw all our acres into the South-sea.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"Down-Hall. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
If a daughter’s soft arms should ever twine,
Lady Rathmore, round that white neck of thine,
Teach her not to barter all
The guileless love of her innocent youth,
Her premised vows and maidenly truth,
For another Rathmore Hall.
"The Lady Of Rathmore Hall" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

DENVER – Four authorities on Country of Origin Labeling and Premises Registration will answer producer questions during a Monday Night Live program on RFD-TV Oct 27.
Why investments in storage, hardware, and professional services increase with on- premise archiving solutions.
Property owner claims contract breach, damaged premises.
The Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program has a simple premise: reintegrate an endangered species into its natural habitat.
I fully understand the premise, that due to the fact my parents footed my law school tuition, that I am their attorney… for life.
That's the premise for this short movie —- made entirely through a computer's seeing eye.
The Brodskys are also willing educators and ardent about building the coffee community, conducting on-premise cuppings with the public to explain the nuances of beans, roasts and brewing methods.
That's the premise of "Broken Orbit," a family-friendly science-fiction movie by Milwaukee filmmaker Patrik Beck, showing at noon Saturday and Sunday at Rosebud Cinema, 6823 W North Ave, Wauwatosa.
The premise of the meeting on the evening of January 13 seemed simple enough.
Confronted on central premise of GOP campaign—cutting taxes and balancing budgets — Paul Ryan asks voters to "fill in the details" after the 2012 election.
John Orloff wrote the screenplay for the movie, which starts with the premise that Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare .
The International Inn Bar & Grill, Main Street in Hyannis, will answer next week to allegations of operating after an unapproved alteration of the premises.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture released the second of two quarantines that were issued to Colorado premises for horses that were affected with vesicular stomatitis .
An employee recognized the stolen property and refused to buy it, so the suspects ditched it behind the store and left the premises in a small red sedan.
Off-Premise Sales of Domestic Table Wine Up 8% in August.

In science:

Yet the low temperature regime is precisely the context in which the assumptions on which Tegmark premises his argument should be most clearly valid.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
To this end, we added the typing context Γ to the judgement for the reduction of strategy applications, and typing judgements were placed as premises in the rule for ·  · (cf.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
It is the property that the conclusion is false in at most a fraction δ of the models of the premises K ∪ E .
Evaluating Defaults
Under the premise that it can be done this bound would also disappear because the remaining geometry except for the singularity is well-behaved.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
The premise is to start from a single node and then assign new connections entirely at random under the constraint that a certain amount of clustering must exist.
Random Networks with Tunable Degree Distribution and Clustering
Following the second approach one will uniquely obtain a set of logically valid sentences as a set of consequences of an empty set of premises.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
What we just described is the basic premise of network tomography.
Tomography of random social networks
We will see in the next Chapter that the premise of only short-range interactions yields divergence of the transition rates of every process.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
The premise that initially the entities are randomly distributed over the low-energy limit renders all ωij equiprobable.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
By contrast, we retain the original (“weak”) version of Bell’s Theorem, and supplement it by showing that the two premises used in deriving the inequality – (i) locality and (ii) hidden variables – are not logically unrelated axioms.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Rather, premise (ii) follows from premise (i) and the empirical fact of perfect anti-correlation.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
The basic premise of this null experiment is that the force between large parallel plates is independent of separation for Newtonian gravity.
New Regions for a Chameleon to Hide
After this rather length but necessary premise, we can came back to our purpose, trying to describe Boundary Insertion Operators in this background.
From random Regge triangulations to open strings
In the premises of Theorem 1 and assuming that e = 1 (the Second Case, thus), let p ≥ 7 and K = Q(ζp )+ , A = O(K).
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation
We may now assume that x · y 6≡ 0 mod q and use the previous lemma, which implies that (41) holds under the given premises.
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation