From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpostulatepos‧tu‧late1 /ˈpɒstjəleɪt $ ˈpɑːstʃə-/ verb [transitive]formalSUGGEST to suggest that something might have happened or be true → hypothesizepostulate thatIt has been postulated that the condition is inherited. —postulation /ˌpɒstjəˈleɪʃən $ ˌpɑːstʃə-/ noun [countable, uncountable]→ See Verb table
postulatepos‧tu‧late2 /ˈpɒstjələt $ ˈpɑːstʃə-/ noun [countable]formalRPBELIEVE something believed to be true, on which an argument or scientificdiscussion is based → hypothesispostulate ofthe basic postulates of Marxism
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postulate• It is, at best, a postulate.• But a postulate in a Euclidean system must be accepted in order to maintain the integrity of the whole.• So many false starts, blindalleys, postulates which decayed before the end of the argument.• It would be reasonable to accept any postulate that would make it more probable.• Because even an idiotic postulate needs to be disproved by scientific means.• a proof of Kepler's mathematicalpostulate• For instance, theorists of social representation have developed Durkheim's postulate that collective representations should have theoretical primacy over individual representations.• Proving Koch's postulates would of course be unethical and controversy is fuelled by this lack of scientific certainty.• Here Moscovici is offering a universalpostulate about social psychological processes.