A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument; a condition; a supposition.
Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
Matters previously stated or set forth; esp., that part in the beginning of a deed, the office of which is to express the grantor and grantee, and the land or thing granted or conveyed, and all that precedes the habendum; the thing demised or granted.
A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts; as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's premises.
To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows; especially, to lay down premises or first propositions, on which rest the subsequent reasonings.
To make a premise; to set forth something as a premise.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago. Barack Obama
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science. Erich Fromm
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Ralph Nader
I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation. Mikhail Bakunin