Referential terms (= proper names, definite descriptions, demonstrative descriptions, demonstrative descriptions, possessive descriptions) presuppose
existence of their referents.
But similarly, one might also say that certain African languages presuppose
the existence of witches, since many of sentences that are taken to be true by many of their speakers could not be true unless witches exist.
Those who support the 25 [pounds sterling] congestion charge all seem to presuppose
that all cars affected are new and driven exclusively by the rich (Soundbites, PE 19 March).
All I have to do is to presuppose
a fictitious "basic norm" or, more gaily, a "bing bang" of post-invasion Iraqi legality--and proceed to "trace" the genesis of each electoral rule back to this mythical source.
These considerations are particularly acute in disability insurance cases where the very risks insured against presuppose
that if and when a claim is made, the insured will be disabled and in strait financial circumstances and, therefore, particularly vulnerable to oppressive tactics on the part of an economically powerful entity.
These visits presuppose
the existence of contacts between scientists in Japan and other countries, a condition considered favorable to the promotion of future scientific cooperation and exchange.
And when the Hebrew Bible describes an apparently successful seance (1 Samuel 28) or has the dying foresee the distant future (as do Jacob in Genesis 49 and Moses in Deuteronomy 31-32), it appears to presuppose
a penetrable boundary between the ambits of the living and of the dead (Chapter 7).
The question is of keen interest to opponents of gay marriage, because granting a divorce would seem to presuppose
that there was a valid civil union in the first place.
The reason so many problem statements are bad is they not only presuppose
a solution, but they settle for the obvious/simple/wrong solution.
The Court said in the not-too-distant past, "We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose
a Supreme Being" (Zorach v.
It doesn't presuppose
that the adults in the child's life are biblical scholars.
Doesn't that presuppose
that the hydrogen for fuel is generated from a fossil source?
They argue that traditional ISD models are limited because they presuppose
the primary task is to design and develop new training materials and because the medium for training delivery is already predetermined to be the Web.
The cries of anguish by higher ed because of reductions in state funding appear to presuppose
that adequate funds exist and it is only because the anti-intellectuals, rednecks, and reactionaries in state and local government are somehow "punishing" education, that adequate funding is not being made available.
CW reviewed the upsized lexicon last fall; the new college edition responds to newer problems: Says editor Soukhanov, "We found that the usage notes of college dictionaries presuppose
a level of grammatical and syntactic literacy on the undergraduate level that simply does not exist today.