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posit (v.)

"to assert, lay down as a position or principle," 1690s, from Latin positus "placed, situated, standing, planted," past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)). Earlier in a literal sense of "dispose, range, place in relation to other objects" (1640s). Related: Posited; positing.

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Definitions of posit from WordNet
1
posit (v.)
put (something somewhere) firmly;
She posited her hand on his shoulder
Synonyms: situate / fix / deposit
posit (v.)
put before;
Synonyms: submit / state / put forward
posit (v.)
take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom;
He posited three basic laws of nature
Synonyms: postulate
2
posit (n.)
(logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning;
Synonyms: postulate
From wordnet.princeton.edu