noun: something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.
Mathematics, Logic. a proposition that requires no proof, being self-evident, or that is for a specific purpose assumed true, and that is used in the proof of other propositions; axiom.
a fundamental principle.
a necessary condition; prerequisite.

hypothecate, presuppose, conjecture.
hypothesis, theory; axiom; assumption, conjecture. dictionary.com

Robert Hooke
"He postuled for the first time the term cell..." Wikipedia, Postule

"The few complete specimens that have been found have 12 thorax segments. A postule in the middle of each axial ring may be present. Frontal margin perpendicular to the midline, but gradually curling backward further out. Tip blunt in frontal segments, ending in a short backward pointing spine for rear segments." Wikipedia, Dikelocephalus

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