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Definition of "posit" [pos•it]

  • To assume the existence of; postulate. See Synonyms at presume. (verb-transitive)
  • To put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest: "If a book is hard going, it ought to be good. If it posits a complex moral situation, it ought to be even better” ( Anthony Burgess). (verb-transitive)
  • To place firmly in position. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "posit" in a sentence
  • "Yet instead of telling us why the designer MUST have been God, Brayton offers bluster: "I'm not going to engage in the ridiculous fiction that the generic designer they posit is anything other than God.""
  • "The “deep” reason, I would posit, is centered on the great divide in “western” culture that has been manifesting itself time and again over the past thousand years, beginning with the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment, all of which posed some inherent challenge to the dominate Christian-ized order that prevailed throughout the West at the time."
  • "Comic narrative, I'd posit is based on exaggerating behaviours and reactions to a point where the suspension of disbelief is tested."