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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)

2. The spot where a person or thing is placed or takes a place; site; place; station; situation; as, the position of man in creation; the fleet changed its position.

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)

4. Relative place or standing; social or official rank; as, a person of position; hence, office; post; as, to lose one's position.

5. (Science: mathematics) A method of solving a problem by one or two suppositions; called also the rule of trial and error.

(Science: astronomy) angle of position, the angle which any line (as that joining two stars) makes with another fixed line, specifically with a circle of declination.

(Science: mathematics) double position, a positio 6b4 n taken up by an army or a large detachment of troops for the purpose of checking or observing an opposing force.

Synonym: situation, station, place, condition, attitude, posture, proposition, assertion, thesis.

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.


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