A proposition on which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn. In law, premises refers to land and buildings on the land.
To assume or state as a proposition in an argument.
The utopian male concept which is the premise of male pornography is this—since manhood is established and confirmed over and against the brutalized bodies of women, men need not aggress against each other; in other words, women absorb male aggression so that men are safe from it.
—Andrea Dworkin Speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, September 26, 1975 “The Root Cause” Our Blood (1976)