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Webster 1913 Edition


Premise

Prem′ise

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Premises
.
[Written also, less properly,
premiss
.]
[F.
prémisse
, fr. L.
praemissus
, p. p. of
praemittere
to send before;
prae
before +
mittere
to send. See
Mission
.]
1.
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.
Shakespeare
2.
(Logic)
Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
“All sinners deserve punishment: A B is a sinner.”
These propositions, which are the premises , being true or admitted, the conclusion follows, that A B deserves punishment.
While the
premises
stand firm, it is impossible to shake the conclusion.
Dr. H. More.
3.
pl.
(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.
4.
pl.
A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts;
as, to lease
premises
; to trespass on another’s
premises
.

Pre-mise′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Premised
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Premising
.]
[From L.
praemissus
, p. p., or E.
premise
, n. See
Premise
,
Noun.
]
1.
To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
[Obs.]
The
premised
flames of the last day.
Shakespeare
If venesection and a cathartic be
premised
.
E. Darwin.
2.
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.
Addison.

Pre-mise′

,
Verb.
I.
To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.
Swift.

Webster 1828 Edition


Premise

PREMI'SE

,
Verb.
T.
s as z. [L. proemissus, proemitto, to send before.]
1.
To speak or write before, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows.
I premise these particulars that the reader may know that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task.
2.
To send before the time. [Not in use.]
3.
To lay down premises or first propositions, on which rest the subsequent reasonings.
4.
To use or apply previously.
If venesection and a cathartic be premised.

PREMI'SE

,
Verb.
I.
To state antecedent propositions.

Definition 2022


premise

premise

English

Alternative forms

Noun

premise (plural premises)

  1. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition.
  2. (logic) Any of the first propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is deduced.
    • Dr. H. More
      While the premises stand firm, it is impossible to shake the conclusion.
  3. (usually in the plural, law) Matters previously stated or set forth; especially, 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.
  4. (usually in the plural) A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
    trespass on another’s premises
  5. The fundamental concept that drives the plot of a film or other story.

Coordinate terms

Derived terms

  • on-premise

Translations

Derived terms

Verb

premise (third-person singular simple present premises, present participle premising, simple past and past participle premised)

  1. To state or assume something as a proposition to an argument.
  2. To make a premise.
  3. To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows.
    • Addison
      I premise these particulars that the reader may know that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      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.
  4. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
    • Shakespeare
      the premised flames of the last day
    • E. Darwin
      if venesection and a cathartic be premised

References

  • premise in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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Italian

Verb

premise

  1. third-person singular past historic of premettere

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