A postulate is a declaration of an element of some type without an accompanying definition. With postulates we can introduce elements in a type without actually giving the definition of the element itself.

The general form of a postulate declaration is as follows:

    c11 ... c1i : <Type>
    cn1 ... cnj : <Type>


  A B    : Set
  a      : A
  b      : B
  _=AB=_ : A -> B -> Set
  a==b   : a =AB= b

Introducing postulates is in general not recommended. Once postulates are introduced the consistency of the whole development is at risk, because there is nothing that prevents us from introducing an element in the empty set.

data False : Set where

postulate bottom : False

A preferable way to work is to define a module parametrised by the elements we need

module Absurd (bt : False) where

  -- ...

module M (A B : Set) (a : A) (b : B)
         (_=AB=_ : A -> B -> Set) (a==b : a =AB= b) where

  -- ...

Postulated built-ins

Some Built-ins such as Float and Char are introduced as a postulate and then given a meaning by the corresponding {-# BUILTIN ... #-} pragma.