• WordNet 3.6
    • v presuppose require as a necessary antecedent or precondition "This step presupposes two prior ones"
    • v presuppose take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand "I presuppose that you have done your work"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Presuppose To suppose beforehand; to imply as antecedent; to take for granted; to assume; as, creation presupposes a creator. "Each [kind of knowledge presupposes many necessary things learned in other sciences, and known beforehand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • presuppose To suppose beforehand; take for granted in advance of actual knowledge or experience.
    • presuppose To assume beforehand; require or imply as an antecedent condition; necessitate the prior assumption of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Presuppose prē-sup-pōz′ to suppose before actual knowledge: to assume or take for granted
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  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    “Who so taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “Gaiety --a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.”
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger
    “Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. pre-, + suppose,: cf. F. présupposer,


In literature:

This, of course, presupposes that the invitation has also been written in the third person.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Legitimate slumming presupposes two willing parties, the slummer and the slummed.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Affinities at least have the grace to presuppose a special sex-attraction.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
These could only be produced by the north-going current which I presupposed.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
It presupposes that the act of prayer is in itself pleasing to God; and that is what I am not satisfied of.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
As it presupposes life, so it means energy, movement, progress; and for this, knowledge is essential.
"The Prayers of St. Paul" by W. H. Griffith Thomas
This his iniquity is presupposed by his curse.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
For it has been presupposed in everything that has been said to-night.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
In fact, the establishment of true socialism presupposes a highly developed industrial economy.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
They presuppose Education in the ordinary sense.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz

In poetry:

Man is composed here of a twofold part;
The first of nature, and the next of art;
Art presupposes nature; nature, she
Prepares the way for man's docility.
"Upon Man" by Robert Herrick
O blessing of reproach. O proof that silence
And condemnation presuppose our lives:
We are not lost but only run away,
The authors and the powers of confusion;
We are the promise of unborn occasions;
Our presence is required by all the spaces.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

Francis Veber's The Closet dances around the subject of misperceived gayness in the workplace with boulevard insouciance that presupposes most of the nervous laughs coming from a predominantly straight audience.
Scholars have commonly approached such noncanonical texts as the Nag Hammadi writings by assuming that they presuppose a particular worldview known as Gnosticism .
Mississippi expressly said, while Michigan simply presupposes, that the fertilized human ovum, a zygote , is a person entitled to the equal protection of the laws.
Mississippi expressly said, while Michigan simply presupposes, that the fertilized human ovum, a zygote, is a person entitled to the equal protection of the laws.

In science:

This presupposes we have such a constant k .
Nourdin-Peccati analysis on Wiener and Wiener-Poisson space for general distributions
Clark et al. use the values of cs , H and Σ provided by their simulation to show that ˙M (r) is smaller than the accretion rate onto the disk for a wide range of radii, even if one adopts α = 1 (which already presupposes that the disk is gravitationally unstable).
The First Stars
The solution algorithm presupposes a constructive fundamental system for the underlying homogeneous equation but imposes no other conditions (in the literature one often restricts to self-adjoint and/or second-order boundary problems).
Symbolic Analysis for Boundary Problems: From Rewriting to Parametrized Gr\"obner Bases
It presupposes an actual world containing events that are governed by irreducibly probabilistic correlation laws.
Interpreting Bananaworld: A response to Bub's Quantum Mechanics for Primates
In various physical literatures, one presupposes that the hamiltonian without the ultraviolet cutoff HΛ=∞ is given.
Monotonicity of the polaron energy II:General theory of operator monotonicity