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premiss, premise
A. (logic) proposition from which another follows; pl. the two propositions of a syllogism (now distinguished as major and minor premiss) XIV.

B. (leg., etc.) pl. matters stated previously; subject of a covenyance or bequest; lands and tenements as before mentioned XV; building with its appurtenances XVIII. — (O)F. prémisse — medL. præmissa, sb. use of fem. sg. and n. pl. pp. of L. præmittere send or set before, f. præ- PRE- + mittere put, send.