1. To represent to one's self, or state to another, not as true or real, but as if so, and with a view to
some consequence or application which the reality would involve or admit of; to imagine or admit to exist,
for the sake of argument or illustration; to assume to be true; as, let us suppose the earth to be the center
of the system, what would be the result?
Suppose they take offence without a cause.Shak.
When we have as great assurance that a thing is, as we could possibly, supposing it were, we ought
not to make any doubt of its existence.Tillotson.
2. To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.
How easy is a bush supposed a bear!Shak.
Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead.2 Sam. xiii. 32.
3. To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes
One falsehood always supposes another, and renders all you can say suspected.Female Quixote.
4. To put by fraud in the place of another. [Obs.]
Syn. To imagine; believe; conclude; judge; consider; view; regard; conjecture; assume.
(Sup*pose") v. i. To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion. Acts ii. 15.
(Sup*pose"), n. Supposition. [Obs.] Shak. "A base suppose that he is honest." Dryden.
(Sup*pose"er) n. One who supposes.
(Sup`po*si"tion) n. [F. supposition, L. suppositio a placing under, a substitution, fr. supponere,
suppositium, to put under, to substitute. The word has the meaning corresponding to suppose. See
Sub-, and Position.]
1. The act of supposing, laying down, imagining, or considering as true or existing, what is known not to
be true, or what is not proved.
2. That which is supposed; hypothesis; conjecture; surmise; opinion or belief without sufficient evidence.
This is only an infallibility upon supposition that if a thing be true, it is imposible to be false.Tillotson.
He means are in supposition.Shak.