(Pre"mi*al Pre"mi*ant) a. [L. praemialis. See Premium.] Serving to reward; rewarding. [R.]
(Prem"i*ces) n. pl. [F. prémices, L. primitiae. See Primitia.] First fruits. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Pre"mi*er) a. [F. premier, fr. L. primarius of the first rank, principal, fr. primus the first. See
Primary, Prime, a.]
1. First; chief; principal; as, the premier place; premier minister. Camden. Swift.
2. Most ancient; said of the peer bearing the oldest title of his degree.
(Pre"mi*er) n. The first minister of state; the prime minister.
(Pre"mi*er*ship), n. The office of the premier.
(Pre`mil*len"ni*al) a. Previous to the millennium.
(Pre"mi*ous) a. [L. praemiosus, fr. praemium a premium.] Rich in gifts. [R.] Clarke.
(Prem"ise) n.; pl. Premises [Written also, less properly, premiss.] [F. prémisse, fr. L. praemissus,
p. p. of praemittere to send before; prae before + mittere to send. See Mission.]
1. A proposition antecedently supposed or proved; something previously stated or assumed as the basis
of further argument; a condition; a supposition.
The premises observed,Shak.
Thy will by my performance shall be served.
2. (Logic) Either of the first two propositions of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
"All sinners deserve punishment: A B is a sinner."
These propositions, which are the premises, being true or admitted, the conclusion follows, that A B
While the premises stand firm, it is impossible to shake the conclusion.Dr. H. More.
3. pl. (Law) 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.
4. pl. A piece of real estate; a building and its adjuncts; as, to lease premises; to trespass on another's
(Pre*mise") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Premised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Premising.] [From L. praemissus,
p. p., or E. premise, n. See Premise, n.]
1. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to be before something else; to employ previously.
The premised flames of the last day.Shak.
If venesection and a cathartic be premised.E. Darwin.