pre·​sum·​ably | \ pri-ˈzü-mə-blē How to pronounce presumably (audio) \

Definition of presumably

: by reasonable assumption

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Examples of presumably in a Sentence

presumably he's going on the trip for business reasons, but we have our doubts
Recent Examples on the Web Cleveland pulled in the highest rating of any market despite not having a top pick as viewers presumably were eager to see their hometown on screen. cleveland, "NFL Draft in Cleveland delivers strong TV ratings," 4 May 2021 Rising stock prices signal that investors are starting to trust Europe’s big oil companies again, presumably because the outlook for cash returns is so much better. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Oil’s Rebound Greases the Way for Energy Giants’ Green Pitch," 29 Apr. 2021 This, presumably, was the very same Omar Idlibi from the LCC who’d puffed up the lie about Qashoush in an AP interview. James Harkin, Harper's Magazine, "Sign of the Times," 27 Apr. 2021 The exact number and nationalities of those rescued, who are presumably migrants, weren't immediately available. Maria Grazia Murru And Frances D'emilio, Star Tribune, "Rescue groups decry loss of migrant lives in Mediterranean," 25 Apr. 2021 Presumably that would be the four Winterhawks loaned to the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, whose season ended last night and presumably would be eligible to return. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Seattle Thunderbirds at Portland Winterhawks (Sunday rematch): Preview, updates, chat, how to listen and watch," 25 Apr. 2021 With cryptocurrency, the arrangement is more like a shared metafiction, and the instability of the genre is, presumably, part of the thrill. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "Why Bitcoin Is Bad for the Environment," 22 Apr. 2021 That white mother could not fathom that Sasha, a biracial child with a Black mother, might be really good—as in very good, or truly good—at a traditionally white art form at which her child was presumably also quite proficient. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Unbearable Whiteness of Ballet," 22 Apr. 2021 The key here is that the aspect of having a bird’s-eye view for car traffic is presumably not markedly different than if there were conventional video cameras put in place. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Bird’s-Eye View To Provide Self-Driving Cars With Some Needed Computational Omnipresence," 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of presumably

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Presumably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of presumably

: very likely


pre·​sum·​ably | \ pri-ˈzü-mə-blē How to pronounce presumably (audio) \

Kids Definition of presumably

: it seems likely : probably Since he likes art, he will presumably enjoy the museum.

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