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English Dictionary: supposition by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
supposition
n
  1. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    Synonym(s): guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis
  2. a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
    Synonym(s): assumption, supposition, supposal
  3. the cognitive process of supposing
    Synonym(s): supposition, supposal
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.
                                                                              --Tillotson.
  
                     He means are in supposition.               --Shak.
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