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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]

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]
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Firstly, the postulates of capitalism are false and a snare; and the forces of supply and demand and of marginal utility, when they are allowed to operate without conscious control, are injurious to all human freedom.
Likewise, as per Goodlad's (1994) Postulate 13, he argued that teacher education programs "must be infused with understanding of and commitment to the moral obligation of teachers to ensure equitable access to and engagement in the best possible K-12 education for all children and youths" (p.
Bradwardine's practice also makes clear how he intends his second postulate to be applied.
If the first and second postulate requirements are met, the third postulate follows that interventions targeting the causal event should significantly lower the incidence of AD.
His historical references, including those related to accounting postulates issued in the early 1960s, were especially worthy of consideration.
Apart from Euclid's Postulate, there is no guarantee that parallel lines cannot meet.
He has argued throughout, and especially in chapter 3, that there is no evidential basis leading us from personal experience to the affirmation of a mind-independent reality, so that we can only postulate such a reality, and that such a postulation is a necessary condition for interpersonal communication and for science.
Gutas draws evidence for these postulates from two periods in Islamic history.
Three mathematical works by Khayyam (English translations only) are presented: Treatise on Algebra (Risala fi al-jabr wa al-muqabala), Treatise on the Division of a Quadrant of a Circle (Risala fi qisma rub' al-da'ira), and Commentary on the Difficulties of Certain Postulates of Euclid's Work (Risala fi sharh ma ashkal min musadarat kitab Uqlidis).
Kant's designation of God as "a postulate of practical reason" provides a minimalist realist account of God's existence.
Notwithstanding, they both violate the functions proposed by Hansson [Han92, Han94], given that they do not satisfy their inclusion postulate for bases: K-[alpha] [??] K.
I first developed the concept of the linguistic postulate while working with the Jaqi languages of South America in order to account in a holistic way for the linguistic structures I discovered.