Meaning of postulate
Pronunciation: (v.pos'chu-lāt"n.pos'chu-lit, -lāt"), [key]
— v., n. -lat•ed, -lat•ing,
- to ask, demand, or claim.
- to claim or assume the existence or truth of, esp. as a basis for reasoning or arguing.
- to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.
- to assume as a postulate.
- something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
- a proposition that requires no proof, being self-evident, or that is for a specific purpose assumed true, and that is used in the proof of other propositions; axiom.
- a fundamental principle.
- a necessary condition; prerequisite.
- postulate (Thesaurus)