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PREMI'SE, verb transitive s as z. [Latin proemissus, proemitto, to send before.]

1. To speak or write before, or as introductory to the main subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or aid in understanding what follows.

I premise these particulars that the reader may know that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task.

2. To send before the time. [Not in use.]

3. To lay down premises or first propositions, on which rest the subsequent reasonings.

4. To use or apply previously.

If venesection and a cathartic be premised.

PREMI'SE, verb intransitive To state antecedent propositions.

PREM'ISE, noun prem'is. A first or antecedent proposition.