presumption

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin praesumptionem, accusative singular of praesumptio.

Noun[edit]

presumption (plural presumptions)

  1. the act of presuming, or something presumed
    • De Quincey
      in contradiction to these very plausible presumptions
  2. the belief of something based upon reasonable evidence, or upon something known to be true
    The presumption is that an event has taken place.
  3. the condition upon which something is presumed
  4. (dated) arrogant behaviour; the act of venturing beyond due bounds of reverence or respect
    • Shakespeare
      Thy son I killed for his presumption.
    • Dryden
      I had the presumption to dedicate to you a very unfinished piece.

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Noun[edit]

presumption f (plural presumptions)

  1. assumption

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