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presumption

noun pre·sump·tion \pri-ˈzəm(p)-shən\

: a belief that something is true even though it has not been proved

law : an act of accepting that something is true until it is proved not true

: willingness to do something without the right or permission to do it

Full Definition of PRESUMPTION

1
:  presumptuous attitude or conduct :  audacity
2
a :  an attitude or belief dictated by probability :  assumption
b :  the ground, reason, or evidence lending probability to a belief
3
:  a legal inference as to the existence or truth of a fact not certainly known that is drawn from the known or proved existence of some other fact
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Examples of PRESUMPTION

  1. The trial was unfair from the beginning because there was no presumption of innocence.
  2. a defendant's right to a presumption of innocence

Origin of PRESUMPTION

Middle English presumpcioun, from Anglo-French presumption, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin praesumption-, praesumptio presumptuous attitude, from Latin, assumption, from praesumere
First Known Use: 13th century
PRESUMPTION Defined for Kids

presumption

noun pre·sump·tion \pri-ˈzəmp-shən\

Definition of PRESUMPTION for Kids

1
:  behavior or attitude going beyond what is proper
2
:  a strong reason for believing something to be so
3
:  something believed to be so but not proved
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