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postulate

 [pos´tu-lat]
anything assumed or taken for granted.
postulate of causality the postulate that every phenomenon has a cause or causes; i.e., that events do not occur at random but in accordance with physical laws so that in principle causes can be found for each effect.
Koch's p's a statement of the kind of experimental evidence required to establish the causative relation of a given microorganism to a given disease. The conditions are: 1, the microorganism is present in every case of the disease; 2, it is to be cultivated in pure culture; 3, inoculation of such culture must produce the disease in susceptible animals; 4, it must be obtained from such animals, and again grown in a pure culture.

pos·tu·late

(pos'tyū-lāt),
A proposition that is taken as self evident or assumed without proof, as a basis for further analysis.
See also: hypothesis, theory.
[L. postulo, pp. -atus, to demand]

postulate

/pos·tu·late/ (pos´choo-lāt) anything assumed or taken for granted.

postulate

[pos′chəlāt]
Etymology: L, postulare, to demand
a hypothesis that is offered as true without proof or as a basis for argument or debate.

pos·tu·late

(pos'chū-lăt)
A proposition that is taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for further analysis.
See also: hypothesis, theory
[L. postulo, pp. -atus, to demand]

postulate

anything assumed or taken for granted.

Koch's p's
see koch's postulates.
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Substantial international efforts were required to satisfy the postulates in the case of SARS (7).
Each one of these operations is characterized by a set rationality postulates that determine the behavior of the operations, independent of the way they are implemented.
Aetiology: Koch's postulates fulfilled for SARS virus.
To account for a particular constellation of linguistic postulates in English, I have developed the concept of derivational thinking.
In other words, the environment may influence the configuration and placement of the work, but not the sculptural language of which it is a manifestation - a language that postulates the abandonment of any figurative function and the use of a constant material, steel (with a few, rare examples in stone or concrete).
Formulated by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965, the observation known as Moore's Law postulates that the number of transistors that can be placed on a silicon chip will double approximately every 24 months.
Her team used Koch's postulates, named after a 19th-century founder of microbiology, Robert Koch.
In this regard, the formal postulates of the recent paintings are less stringent than in Buchwald's work of the '80s.
To illustrate, Blystone noted that the Tri-Valley exploration staff postulates a potential in the range of 150 million barrels of oil equivalent from the aggregate mapped zones and the Company has a 25% carried working interest in the initial test well so that even partial success could yield a multiple return to its drilling partners and the shareholders of Tri-Valley Corporation.
The art system's close ties to macrosystems of power, its ideological and self-legitimizing postulates, were investigated by Cercle Ramo Nash and by the Formento-Sossella team; likewise, the system's economic presuppositions were probed by Maurizio Cattelan, who, hoping to make a profit, rented his stand to a perfume company, which installed a large billboard.
He suggests the mechanism may be more complex than the British team postulates.