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(index ol)


  • Originally a causative verb, derived from the verb olla — therefore, literally "to cause to exist".


  • Hyphenation: o‧let‧taa
  • IPA(key): /ˈoletːɑː(ʔ)/


olettaa (transitive)

  1. to assume, suppose, presuppose
  2. (logic) to premise, postulate
  3. to hypothesize (in empiric research)


Usage notes[edit]

  • (olettaa vs. otaksua and assume/suppose/presume) Olettaa has a slight sense of believing something with thoughts that it could not even be untrue. Otaksua has, on the other hand, a slight sense that the speaker believes something, but still leaves some room for other possibilities about the state of affairs. Otaksua also has a more formal nuance than olettaa and thus it is often translated into English as presume.

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