Premise and Theory


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Premise noun – Something taken as being true or factual and used as a starting point for a course of action or reasoning.
Usage example: your conclusion is all wrong because you started out with a false premise

Theory is a synonym for premise in reason topic. In some cases you can use "Theory" instead a noun "Premise".
Nearby Words: premiss, premised, premising
Synonyms for Premise


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Theory noun – An idea that is the starting point for making a case or conducting an investigation.
Usage example: set out to prove her theory that people can't really taste any difference between colas, so they buy according to the product's image

Premise is a synonym for theory in hypothesis topic. You can use "Premise" instead a noun "Theory", if it concerns topics such as reason.
Nearby Words: theoretical, theoretic, theoretically, theorist, theorizing
Synonyms for Theory

How words are described

good good premise good theory
similar similar premise similar theory
common common premise common theory
original original premise original theory
Other adjectives: initial, universe, popular, actual, entire, real, wrong, main, interesting, new, absurd, general, political, bizarre, basic, different.

Both words in one sentence

  • One theory why it's so popular is that the premise is basically the anime version of Firefly (which came later; the similarities are so great that fans have repeatedly asked Joss Whedon about it).
  • This was essentially the main premise of the Celestial spheres theory of the universe.
  • The premise of His Dark Materials is the Many-Worlds theory (quantum superpositions create parallel universes), and that one can travel between these worlds.
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