underlying assumption

underlying assumption

[un′dərlī′ing]
a set of rules one holds about oneself, others, and the world. These rules are regarded by the individual as unquestionably true.
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The underlying assumption is that most if not all non-monotonic reasoning is based on underlying assumptions.
The use of peer groups to respond to student papers is a long-established practice in the composition classroom, so well entrenched, that they may sometimes employ peer response without thoroughly evaluating underlying assumptions and beliefs about how such groups operate.
1) Feedback from individuals or groups that supports our underlying assumptions is considered to be valid.
Finally, after executing the mistake, whether the outcome is good or bad, you must analyze the process and determine if the results reinforced or changed your underlying assumptions.
The technology is oriented toward providing an open forum for raising issues and identifying underlying assumptions while allowing participants to rank their preferences.
The result of these calculations, referred to as the "expected benefit obligation," involves using the best estimate of the underlying assumptions, such as retirement age, employee turnover, mortality, the frequency and cost of future medical services, and an appropriate discount rate.