# Vocabulary Word

**Word:**postulate

**Definition:**self-evident truth; something assumed without proof; V: assume the truth of (as a basis of an argument)

## Sentences Containing 'postulate'

During a 1976 meeting of the Sociobiology Study Group, as reported by Ullica Segerstrale, Chomsky argued for the importance of a sociobiologically informed notion of human nature: "Chomsky even stated that he thought it was important for political radicals to postulate a relatively fixed human nature in order to be able to struggle for a better society.

Hyperbolic space, developed independently by Lobachevsky and Bolyai, is a geometrical space analogous to Euclidean space, but such that Euclid's parallel postulate is no longer assumed to hold.

In 1910 he was to first who tried to derive the Lorentz transformation by group theory only using the relativity principle, and without the postulate of the constancy of the speed of light (1910b, 1911b, 1911c, 1911h).

In particular, the existence of model spaces implies that the parallel postulate is logically independent of the other axioms of Euclidean geometry.

In social science, this has made his approach popular amongst contemporary Marxists - notably Alex Callinicos - who postulate the existence of real social forces and structures which might not always be observable
The dissimilarity between sensation and reality.

Instead, the parallel postulate is replaced by the following alternative (in two dimensions):
It is then a theorem that there are in fact infinitely many such lines through "P".

It inspired him to postulate that the totality of an electron is both a particle and a wave, but when you observe it you pick out one particular viewpoint."

It is common to postulate the existence of a type-level ordered pair (a pair formula_36 which is the same type as its projections) in NFU.

Ogden and James Grotstein have continued to explore early infantile states of mind, and incorporating the work of Donald Meltzer, Ester Bick and others, postulate a position preceding the paranoid-schizoid.

One of the museum's projects is a "hyperbaric biosphere", a chamber which the museum hopes will reproduce the atmospheric conditions that these creationists postulate for Earth before the Great Flood, and enable them to grow dinosaurs.

The perennial need to explain the rapid downfall of the Visigothic kingdom in the face of Arab invasions led some scholars to postulate the increased privatisation of public authority in the hands of regional, landed nobility: twin tendencies, called "protofeudalism" (privatisation) and "particularism" (regionalism).

Traces of ash and charcoal were found on the ground, and from this, one can postulate that the building was burnt down.

While some said that this approach was insufficient and the second postulate is still needed, others continued the attempts to derive special relativity without the light postulate (see Postulates of special relativity).

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