Hypertext Webster Gateway: "supposing"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Suppose \Sup*pose"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Supposed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Supposing}.] [F. supposer; pref. sub- under + poser
to place; -- corresponding in meaning to L. supponere,
suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify,
counterfeit. See {Pose}.]
1. To represent to one's self, or state to another, not as
true or real, but as if so, and with a view to some
consequence or application which the reality would involve
or admit of; to imagine or admit to exist, for the sake of
argument or illustration; to assume to be true; as, let us
suppose the earth to be the center of the system, what
would be the result?

Suppose they take offence without a cause. --Shak.

When we have as great assurance that a thing is, as
we could possibly, supposing it were, we ought not
to make any doubt of its existence. --Tillotson.

2. To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.

How easy is a bush supposed a bear! --Shak.

Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the
young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead.
--2 Sam. xiii.

3. To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of
thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes foresight.

One falsehood always supposes another, and renders
all you can say suspected. --Female

4. To put by fraud in the place of another. [Obs.]

Syn: To imagine; believe; conclude; judge; consider; view;
regard; conjecture; assume.

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