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Premise

premise
Alternative forms:, less properly, premiss F. Premisse, fr. L. Praemissus, p. P. Of praemittere to send before; prae = before – mittere to send. See Mission.
1. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition. The premises observed, thy will by my performance shall be served. (Shak)
2. (Science: logic) Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
All sinners deserve punishment: A B is a sinner. These propositions, which are the premises, being true or admitted, the conclusion follows, that A B deserves punishment. While the premises stand firm, it is impossible to shake the conclusion. (dr. H. More)
3. Matters previously stated or set forth; especially, that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the habendum; the thing demised or granted.
4. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts; as, to lease premises; to trespass on another’s premises.


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