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  1. doctrine maintained or promoted in argument.
  2. An unproved statement, esp one put forward as a premise in an argument. 

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  1. proposition maintained or defended in argument, formerly one publicly disputed by a candidate for a degree in a medieval university.
  2. An unproved statement assumed as a premise.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved 

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