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premise

noun [C] uk   /ˈprem.ɪs/ us  
an idea or theory on which a statement or action is based: [+ that] They had started with the premise that all men are created equal. The research project is based on the premise stated earlier.
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verb [T] uk   /prɪˈmaɪz/ /ˈprem.ɪs/ formal us  
to base a theory, argument, etc. on an idea, thought, or belief: He premised his argument on several incorrect assumptions.
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