placed, put

Quick Summary

The Latin root word posit means “placed.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including opposite, composition, and posit itself. The Latin root word posit is easily recalled through the word position, for a “position” is the way in which you find yourself “placed.”

"Posit" Positively Positioned!

The Latin root word posit means “placed.” Although you may have found yourself in a difficult position in the past when seeing words with posit in them, hopefully this podcast will positively change that!

Scotty from Star Trek has unexpectedly beamed you on board the starship Enterprise, and Captain Kirk has posited or “placed” before you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Captain Kirk offers you the position of Chief Science Officer, or where you will be “placed” if you agree to join. You view this opportunity as such a positive thing that you have confidently “placed” it in writing, announcing to the world that you will be taking over Spock’s duties, who is on a seven-year leave to the planet Vulcan.

After having deposited or “placed” all your valuables for safe-keeping in a bank vault, you take off on your seven-year journey. You immediately take your post or spot where “placed” for duty. Captain Kirk is constantly asking you for advice about the Klingons and Romulans, the Federation’s primary opposition, or those enemies “placed” against them. You are able to make numerous shrewd suppositions, or guesses “placed” under those problems, as to what to do about those dastardly foes. Suppositions soon become workable propositions, or ideas “placed” forth to the crew to contend with those enemies.

One day, however, the greatest danger of all presents itself—an entire fleet of hostile Borg is now “placed” against or opposite the Enterprise and is about to blow everyone on board to smithereens. In order to avoid all the crew members undergoing decomposition, or their body parts being “placed” away from being together, you realize that the apposite suggestion or idea most suitably “placed” toward solving this dire situation is to make the ship’s shields invulnerable to enemy attack. You create a new composite material of three secret substances “placed” together, making it such that no enemy ship’s fire has any effect. To celebrate your amazing invention, the ship’s musician creates a composition in your honor, having “placed” together many different notes to sing your praises.

I am now pretty positive that you are “placed” in a pretty good position when it comes to the root word posit—and that’s no pie-in-the-sky supposition!

  1. posit: to “place” an idea before
  2. position: how you are “placed”
  3. positive: so sure and good that it can be “placed” in writing
  4. deposit: action when valuables are “placed” into a financial account
  5. post: spot where “placed” for duty
  6. opposition: state or condition of being “placed” against
  7. supposition: a guess “placed” under a problem
  8. proposition: a proposal “placed” forth to solve a problem
  9. opposite: “placed” against or towards
  10. decomposition: state or condition of being “placed” apart
  11. apposite: a suitable idea “placed” near a problem to solve it
  12. composite: of materials being “placed” together
  13. composition: musical piece in which many notes have been “placed” together


  • juxtaposition

    The juxtaposition of two objects is the act of positioning them side by side so that the differences between them are more readily visible.

  • apposite

    Something that is apposite is relevant or suitable to what is happening or being discussed.

  • disposition

    Your disposition is your personality, the way you tend to react to the various events in your life, and the mood that you generally have.

  • exposition

    An exposition is a detailed explanation or setting forth of an idea, theory, or problem, either in a written or spoken format.

  • imposition

    An imposition is giving someone an additional duty or extra work that is not welcomed by that person.

  • repository

    A repository is a safe place, such as a chest or storage area, to keep possessions or other objects.

  • opposite

    The opposite of something is a wholly unlike thing, such as dark instead of light or hot instead of cold.

  • positive

    If you are positive about something, you are either very sure about it or you are feeling good about it—or both.

  • apposition

    a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows

  • appositive

    relating to or being in apposition

  • composite

    consisting of separate interconnected parts

  • decomposition

    the analysis of a vector field

  • deposit

    put, fix, force, or implant

  • deposition

    the natural process of laying down a deposit of something

  • expository

    serving to expound or set forth

  • indisposition

    a slight illness

  • opposition

    the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

  • position

    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

  • predisposition

    susceptibility to a pathogen

  • preposition

    a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word

  • presupposition

    the act of presupposing

  • proposition

    suggest sex to

  • superposition

    (geology) the deposition of one geological stratum on another

  • transposition

    any abnormal position of the organs of the body

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