1. The state of being posited, or placed; the manner in which anything is placed; attitude; condition; as, a firm, an inclined, or an upright position. "We have different prospects of the same thing, according to our different positions to it." (Locke)
3. Hence: The ground which any one takes in an argument or controversy; the point of view from which any one proceeds to a discussion; also, a principle laid down as the basis of reasoning; a proposition; a thesis; as, to define one's position; to appear in a false position. "Let not the proof of any position depend on the positions that follow, but always on those which go before." (I. Watts)
Origin: F. Position, L. Positio, fr. Ponere, positum, to put, place; prob. For posino, fr. An old preposition used only in comp. (akin to Gr) + sinere to leave, let, permit, place. See Site, and cf. Composite, Compound, Depone, Deposit, Expound, Impostor, Opposite, Propound, Pose, Posit, Post.
(01 Mar 1998)
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