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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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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.
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Later in contemplation of an immune response, Burnet added, "The failure of antibody production against autologous cells demands the postulation of an active ability of the reticulo-endothelial cells to recognize 'self' patterns from 'non-self' patterns in organic material taken into their substance" (3).
Unfortunately, the fact that this phenomenon could also be accounted for by visualizing the earth as being spherical has led to no end of erroneous postulation.
He introduces the connection between the symbolic postulation of Ohm's Law and reality by describing the relationship between the abstract terms of the physicist such as 'current,' 'resistance,' 'electromotive force,' and the 'everyday English' terms such as 'wire,' 'position of the needle,' etc.
Given that ``W'' is the first president since Herbert Hoover with no Jews in his cabinet, that he showed no interest in the Middle East peace process until after 9-11, I don't buy Tracie Breiter's postulation that Bush is better for Israel than Kerry (who has two Jewish grandparents).