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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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Fourth, they reveal that the discourses regarding the fragmentary effects of multiculturalism are based largely on postulations and assumptions, rather than on facts substantiated by data.
From math geeks to mail-order brides to the canonical tourist with thick glasses and camera necklace, Rigg isn't afraid to ape them all and poke fun at herd-animal postulations in the process.
The essays in this collection integrate detailed analysis of both theory and practice and draw together manifold social, economic and political theories to invite the readers to reflect on how concealed postulations entrenched in world's societies effect and solidify specific power structures that shape gender cross-culturally.
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The Da Vinci Code, a novel by Protestant writer Dan Brown (Doubleday), has dazed and disillusioned many Christians with its numerous and troubling postulations. To help believers separate fact from fiction, the publisher released this new title.
This summer, a new movie premiers based loosely upon Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot." Written in 1950, Asimov's anthology has become required reading for all things robotic, especially with his postulations on the "Three Laws of Robotics." In the book and in the movie, humanoid robots theoretically violate the first of these laws--"A robot may not injure a human or, through inaction, allow a human to come to harm." In both venues, the robots violate the first law due to their development of a sense of self-awareness.
The present incumbent does not impress and many of his postulations are a downright embarrassment to the club and its supporters.
Lyricism, here below, is on paper one of the rare spaces in which the human becomes legible, down to what is in excess of being human." There are fine pages on metaphor and symbol; others on a felt relationship between melancholia and poetry, though "the modern poet deplores his or her own mourning," given the claims and postulations at the heart of the poetic, which continue to be deeply felt.
Should Brazil avoid what would be the biggest shock of the lot in this World Cup and clip Turkey's wings for a second time in a fortnight, then the paranoid postulations of Italy's Gazetta Dello Sport will prove truly prophetic.
Isay says that "all the tired old postulations"--that homosexuality is caused by, for instance, an overprotective mother, a distant father, or a sexual molestation or trauma in childhood--have been "completely discredited" by the mental health profession.