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presumption

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noun pre·sump·tion \pri-ˈzəm(p)-shən\

Simple Definition of presumption

  • : 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. 1 :  presumptuous attitude or conduct :  audacity

  2. 2 a :  an attitude or belief dictated by probability :  assumption b :  the ground, reason, or evidence lending probability to a belief

  3. 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

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

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noun pre·sump·tion \pri-ˈzəmp-shən\

Definition of presumption

  1. 1 :  behavior or attitude going beyond what is proper

  2. 2 :  a strong reason for believing something to be so

  3. 3 :  something believed to be so but not proved





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