'Premise',n. in its three connotations

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Premise n. ; also premiss for sense 1. a. A proposition on which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.  b. Logic. One of the first two propositions (major or minor) of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.  2. Plural .Law.  3. Plural. Land & the buildings upon it.

premised. v. , -ising,  -ises  1. To state in advance as introduction or explanation 2. To state or assume an argument.  - intr. to make a premise

The noun form is often mispronounced, ( 'prem-ice' or 'prem-ized') as against the correct, 'prem-iss'. The verb form is pronounced 'pre-mm-iss' or prim-ize.

Q?: Comments please !

asked Jan 25 '12 at 12:27 Bijay Nanda New member

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I'm not sure what your question is, Bijay.  I can't recall ever hearing someone mispronounce the word premise. 

link answered Jan 26 '12 at 02:45 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Perhaps I rambled on without making myself clear...The Q is ....the correct pronunciation of the noun 'Premise' & its verb form. In my experience the instances have been legion, where I've heard it mispronounced as 'prem-ice' or 'premi-ize'. I'm sorry I'm unable to type the notations to refine / define the pronunciation better. Bijay NandaJan 26 '12 at 11:43

If you look the word up on dictionary.com, there is a little symbol you can click to hear the proper pronunciation. Perhaps you hear people say it wrong because of a local dialect or regional accent. Patty TJan 26 '12 at 13:59

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