as·​sumed | \ ə-ˈsümd How to pronounce assumed (audio) \

Definition of assumed

1 : not true or real : deliberately pretended or feigned an assumed cheerfulness an assumed air of indifference : false, fictitious an assumed name
2 : taken for granted : supposed the assumed reason for his absence

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Other Words from assumed

assumedly adverb
The hotel has seven rentable rooms on the third floor, assumedly for those who need to render themselves supine after an attack on the elaborate fare. — Horace Sutton

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Doors singer Jim Morrison is living on a lakeside ranch under the assumed identity William Loyer. Conor Orr,, "Carson Wentz’s Four-Year Contract Extension a Smart, Calculated Risk for Eagles," 7 June 2019 The assumed community of fundamental interests binding the countries of North America and Europe has been called into question. Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018 Because the assumed rate of return for the pension fund is higher than the bond’s interest rate, things immediately improve on paper, though often not in practice. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Prophet of Muni Market Doom Wasn’t Wrong—Just Early," 26 Oct. 2018 The KRS Board lowerd assumptions for the assumed interest rate earned on pension fund investments and the rate of growth in public payrolls. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "'I don't see a lot of hope for it': Kentucky's pension reform bill is unlikely to pass," 14 Mar. 2018 The regulation increased the assumed average weight per person from 160 to 185 pounds. Eric Adler, The Seattle Times, "Congress didn’t act after 1999 duck-boat tragedy. Now it must, experts say.," 30 July 2018 The operation lacks an assumed element of the modern car factory: robots. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Palace of Perfectionism Where McLaren Supercars Are Born," 12 Feb. 2016 The agency’s chief historian, Bodo Hechelhammer, told the newspaper that Ms. Burwitz worked as a secretary under an assumed name in the early 1960s. Washington Post,, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 11 July 2018 In the Netherlands, authorities are examining whether two assassinations of Iranian opposition figures—one of whom was living under an assumed name—were carried out by the Iranian government. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Four Arrested in Alleged Plot to Bomb Anti-Iran Gathering," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of assumed

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of assumed was in 1813

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English Language Learners Definition of assumed

: not true or real

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