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Dictionary definition for: Premise

1. (n) 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"

2. (v) set forth beforehand, often as an explanation; "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand"

3. (v) 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"

4. (v) take something as preexisting and given

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