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

Other Words from assumed

assumedly \ ə-​ˈsü-​məd-​lē How to pronounce assumed (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Jumping from an assumed inflation rate of 2.4% to a rate of 4% reduces the net return on the typical portfolio from 4.6% to 3%. Winnie Sun, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Sprinter Iuliia Stepanova, currently serving a ban, detailed practices like traveling under assumed names while training. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Dec. 2014 At the end of that movie — which premiered 2½ years ago — Jesse was headed into hiding under an assumed name. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 Pension debt is calculated over 25 or 30 years, and lowering the assumed revenue from investments means more contributions must come from the taxpayers. Keith M. Phaneuf,, 13 Mar. 2022 Being the assumed carrier of that entire weight would disgust me more than the leering. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2022 In this work, as in real life, the author and narrator took on the assumed Russian patronym Lyutov, not to deny his Jewishness but better to fulfill his professional role. Ruth R. Wisse, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 For an assumed 65 percent efficacy, the reduction of hospitalization costs alone would be hundreds of billions of dollars. Albert Bourla, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Hulík’s screenplay is foundationally built on the character of Hana, whose icy disposition challenges the assumed innocence of a protagonist. Jd Linville, Variety, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of assumed

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Assumed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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