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presume

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verb, pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

Simple Definition of presume

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of presume

presumedpresuming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to undertake without leave or clear justification :  dare

  3. 2 :  to expect or assume especially with confidence

  4. 3 :  to suppose to be true without proof <presumed innocent until proved guilty>

  5. 4 :  to take for granted :  imply

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to act or proceed presumptuously or on a presumption

  8. 2 :  to go beyond what is right or proper

presumedly play \-ˈzü-məd-lē, -ˈzümd-lē\ adverb
presumer noun

Examples of presume in a sentence

  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



PRESUME Defined for Kids

presume

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verb pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

Definition of presume for Students

presumedpresuming

  1. 1 :  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>

  2. 2 :  to suppose to be true without proof <A person is presumed innocent until proved guilty.>




Law Dictionary

presume

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transitive verb pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

Legal Definition of presume

presumedpresuming

  1. :  to suppose to be true without proof or before inquiry :  accept as a presumption <must presume the defendant is innocent>





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