verb pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

: to think that (something) is true without knowing that it is true

: to accept legally or officially that something is true until it is proved not true

: to do (something) that you do not have the right or permission to do


Full Definition of PRESUME

transitive verb
:  to undertake without leave or clear justification :  dare
:  to expect or assume especially with confidence
:  to suppose to be true without proof <presumed innocent until proved guilty>
:  to take for granted :  imply
intransitive verb
:  to act or proceed presumptuously or on a presumption
:  to go beyond what is right or proper
pre·sumed·ly \-ˈzü-məd-lē, -ˈzümd-lē\ adverb
pre·sum·er noun

Examples of PRESUME

  1. Is she still at work? I presume so, since she's not home.
  2. The court must presume innocence until there is proof of guilt.

Origin of PRESUME

Middle English, from Late Latin & Anglo-French; Anglo-French presumer, from Late Latin praesumere to dare, from Latin, to anticipate, assume, from prae- + sumere to take — more at consume
First Known Use: 14th century
PRESUMED Defined for Kids


verb pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

Definition of PRESUME for Kids

:  to undertake without permission or good reason :  dare <They … did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals. — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden>
:  to suppose to be true without proof <A person is presumed innocent until proved guilty.>


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