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Doesn't the entry miss the meaning (verb) "make ... a pre-condition", like "innovation's precondition is investment" = "innovation presumes investment". 12:45, 14 February 2010 (UTC)


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Rfv-sense: "To give some evidence of." The example sentence is Paw prints in the snow presume a visit from next door's cat. This sense isn't in the OED and I don't recognise it. Ƿidsiþ 07:37, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

The example is a literary trick that I don't know how to name specifically. It's the person viewing the prints who's making the presumption. DAVilla 09:27, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps hypallage, though our definition seems to be only of a subset of the general phenomenon. DCDuring TALK 18:55, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
Yes...but the issue is whether presume is actually used this way in the wild. Ƿidsiþ 11:01, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Indeed, some scholarly articles suggest that "hypallage" is a productive lexical process, like metonymy, metaphor, etc. DCDuring TALK 11:14, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Sense removed, quotation kept. - -sche (discuss) 02:35, 18 September 2011 (UTC)