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Dictionary definition for: Postulate

1. (n) (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning

2. (v) maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no future"

3. (v) take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom; "He posited three basic laws of nature"

4. (v) require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did" "success usually requires hard work" "This job asks a lot of patience and skill" "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice" "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"

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