• To state or assume something as a proposition to an argument.
  • To make a premise.
  • To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows.
  • To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.


  • From Middle English premise, from Old French premisse, from Medieval Latin premissa ("set before") (premissa propositio), feminine past participle of Latin praemitto ("to send or put before"), from prae- + mitto.
  • The sense "a piece of real estate" arose from the misinterpretation of the word by property owners while reading title deeds where the word was used with the legal sense.

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