AskDefine | Define premises

Dictionary Definition

premises n : land and buildings together considered as a place of business; "bread is baked on the premises"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. land, and all the built structures on it, especially when considered as a single place of business
  2. The subject of a conveyance or deed
  1. Plural of premise

Extensive Definition

For other uses, see Premise
Premises are land and buildings together considered as a property. This usage arose from property owners finding the word in their title deeds, where it originally correctly meant "the aforementioned; what this document is about", from Latin prae-missus = "placed before".
Some people suppose that since "premises" looks like a plural, a single house or other piece of property must be a "premise"; but the word "premise" is reserved for use as a term in logic meaning something assumed or taken as given in making an argument.

Premises liability

Premises liability is the liability for a landowner for certain torts that occur on the real property.


See also

premises in Czech: Premisa
premises in German: Prämisse
premises in Spanish: Premisa
premises in Hebrew: הנחה
premises in Macedonian: Премиса
premises in Norwegian: Premiss
premises in Polish: Przesłanka
premises in Portuguese: Premissa
premises in Romanian: Premisă
premises in Slovak: Premisa
premises in Finnish: Premissi
premises in Swedish: Premiss
premises in Tagalog: Palagay

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