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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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use the language data from Southern Ndebele to support the postulation of the identificative copulative particle (2) of Zulu as ngi; and
illustrate how the language data of Southern Ndebele (as external language evidence) support the postulation of a stative negative copulative verb stem -si for all stative copulatives of Zulu.
More exactly, my hope is to offer a basic analysis and evaluation of Derrida's metaphysics by comparing his postulations concerning "a transcendental signified," history, language, and the possibilities of understanding, to postulations that were conceived beyond the parameters of his Western metaphysical tradition, as he himself defines that tradition's genesis in ancient Greece and maturation in Europe.
Though the logocentric presence/absence signifier/signified postulation allow Derrida to say that "language bears within it the necessity of its own critique" (284), and from that "certitude" proceed with his deconstructive gesture, this postulation cannot explain the history of literal language, nor come close to locating its purported "rupture" as a historical event, even vaguely.
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2) That question has generated a set of postulations proffered by postulators who believe that multiculturalism philosophy and policy have fragmentary effects within the Canadian polity.
This article has two central objectives: first, to provide an overview and analysis of the postulations regarding the fragmentary effects of multiculturalism philosophy and policy articulated during the past forty years in books and journal articles within the Canadian literature written in English; second, to provide some observations regarding the importance that policy makers should attach to those postulations and the type and degree of attention that they should devote to them.
As with many of Wood's postulations, although not conclusive, the evidence is persuasively presented.
And why should one of the hosts of Britain's smash hit daytime talk show be subjected to the pointless postulations of the preposterous small-headed moron F(r)ederico?
The intermediate principles accepted include "skeptical epistemic standards, a realist interpretation of theories, restrictive scruples on ontological postulations, strong demands on explanation, and Hume's principle" (pp.
They are postulations for the building of a just and sovereign state that can endure today and tomorrow as long as Lebanon and its free and sovereign people can prevent coups, domination, tyranny and suppression," it said.
This postulation is in tandem with Bohannan (1980) and Mazrui and Mazrui (1998), who hold that the whole Arabian peninsula was unified with the African continent.