Hypertext Webster Gateway: "supposed"

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: firmly believed; "the way things are supposed to be" [syn: {supposed(p)}]
2: required or under orders; "I'm supposed to be there at ten";
"he was supposed to go to the store" [syn: {supposed(p)}]
3: mistakenly believed; "the supposed existence of ghosts"
[syn: {supposed(a)}]
4: commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive
grounds; "the foundling's putative father"; "the reputed
(or purported) author of the book"; "the supposed date of
birth" [syn: {putative(a)}, {purported(a)}, {reputed(a)},
5: designed to; "medication that is supposed to relieve pain";
"what's that gadget supposed to do?" [syn: {supposed(a)}]
6: doubtful or suspect; "these so-called experts are no help"
[syn: {alleged(a)}, {so-called}]
7: based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence;
"theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still
highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his
absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead
languages"; "supposititious hypotheses" [syn: {conjectural},
{suppositional}, {suppositious}, {supposititious}]

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