Meaning of PREMISE in English


prem ‧ ise W3 /ˈpreməs, ˈpremɪs/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: prémisse , from Medieval Latin praemissa , from Latin praemittere 'to place ahead' ]

1 . premises [plural] the buildings and land that a shop, restaurant, company etc uses:

Schools may earn extra money by renting out their premises.

business premises

off the premises

The manager escorted him off the premises.

on the premises

The wonderful desserts are made on the premises.

2 . [countable] ( also premiss British English ) a statement or idea that you accept as true and use as a base for developing other ideas:

The idea that there is life on other planets is the central premise of the novel.

premise that

the premise that an accused person is innocent until they are proved guilty

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.