tr.v. pos·it·ed, pos·it·ing, pos·itsPhrasal Verb:
1. To assume or put forward, as for consideration or the basis of argument: "If a book is hard going, it ought to be good. If it posits a complex moral situation, it ought to be even better" (Anthony Burgess).
2. To place firmly in position.
posit on (or upon)
To base (something) on an assumption regarding (something else); assume (something) to have (something else) as a basis: "His plan was posited on luck and failed to take account of delays caused by adverse weather and disease" (Fergus Fleming).
[From Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see POSITION.]
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