I'm writing an essay for a critical thinking course, and I'm evaluating the following claim:

Without application in the world, the value of knowledge is greatly diminished.

What is a word for the phrase "Without application in the world"? I considered the "predicate" of the claim, but it doesn't seem to fit. It's also not quite a "prerequisite", either. This question seemed similar, but doesn't quite answer my question.

I'm looking to finish the sentence In order to evaluate the claim as a whole, we must take the ~~~ as true, however, this is not necessarily the case either.

  • I think the first part of the sentence is known as a "defining relative clause". I am not very sure about it, hence offering it as comment.
    – BiscuitBoy
    Feb 15, 2016 at 6:57
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    At least in the context of law, something taken as given in a claim is termed a stipulation. But in your context, perhaps postulate would be a more suitable term.
    – Sven Yargs
    Feb 15, 2016 at 7:12
  • If regarded as a conditional ("If knowledge has no application in the world, then its value is greatly diminished"), then the first part would be a protasis, in terms of grammar, or an antecedent, in terms of logic.
    – Yay
    Feb 15, 2016 at 9:51

3 Answers 3


Would premise work for you?
a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.

"if the premise is true, then the conclusion must be true"


"Postulate"(N) would be a good word as the Oxford dictionary assigns the definition to mean a hypothesis that is advanced to position or role of a claim or premise. What is significant is that the definition makes no remark as to whether the hypothesis has to be tested.


...it is considered axiomatic that ... (admitted first principle; self-evident; indisputably true (OED).

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