Hypertext Webster Gateway: "supposition"

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

Supposition \Sup`po*si"tion\, n. [F. supposition, L. suppositio
a placing under, a substitution, fr. supponere, suppositium,
to put under, to substitute. The word has the meaning
corresponding to suppose. See {Sub-}, and {Position}.]
1. The act of supposing, laying down, imagining, or
considering as true or existing, what is known not to be
true, or what is not proved.

2. That which is supposed; hypothesis; conjecture; surmise;
opinion or belief without sufficient evidence.

This is only an infallibility upon supposition that
if a thing be true, it is imposible to be false.

He means are in supposition. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
[syn: {guess}, {conjecture}, {surmise}, {surmisal}, {speculation},
2: a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is
built upon certain assumptions" [syn: {assumption}, {supposal}]
3: the cognitive process of supposing [syn: {supposal}]

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