Meaning of “premise” in the English Dictionary

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"premise" in British English

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premisenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprem.ɪs/ us /ˈprem.ɪs/

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.

More examples

  • We should start from the premise that circumstances might change.
  • The conclusions you have drawn are based on a false premise.
  • We should work on the premise that this plan will be successful.
  • Could you explain the basic premise of your argument?
  • Your reasoning is based on a misguided premise.

premiseverb [ T ]

uk /prɪˈmaɪz/ /ˈprem.ɪs/ us /prɪˈmaɪz/ /ˈprem.ɪs/ formal

(Definition of “premise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"premise" in American English

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premisenoun [ C ]

us /ˈprem·ɪs/

an idea or theory on which a statement or action is based:

(Definition of “premise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)