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 When in November 1956 National Review approved of the Israeli-British-French attack on Egypt at Suez (only because Egypt seemed to have had the support of the Soviet Union), the magazine lost thousands of (presumably anti-Jewish) subscribers. John Lukacs, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Right," 20 Jan. 2020 The answer presumably checked a lot of boxes for Baylor fans, from high expectations to acknowledging the school’s Baptist connection. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Once on the short list of elite defensive coordinators, is Dave Aranda the perfect fit for Baylor?," 18 Jan. 2020 Arriving at 60 and beyond presumably brings freedom from worry, lessened depression and anger, a firmer sense of one’s self and what one values, greater contentment and happiness. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Elderhood’ Review: The Way We Age Now," 17 Jan. 2020 But there’s not much rapping at all on Circles, his sixth (and presumably last) studio album released posthumously on Friday. Time, "Mac Miller's Posthumous Album Circles Is a Heartbreaking Plea For Inner Peace," 17 Jan. 2020 The Caucasian supervisory employees provided warnings to other Districts/Sections headed by males regarding the preliminary findings of the audit, presumably to allow them to better position themselves to handle the fallout. Jennifer Baker,, "High-ranking Cincinnati cop sues city alleging race and sex discrimination, retaliation," 17 Jan. 2020 But the Casper Star Tribune reported on Thursday that Cheney will run for reelection to her at-large House seat and presumably seek to stay on as House Republican Conference chairwoman. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Liz Cheney decides against Wyoming Senate bid," 16 Jan. 2020 James heralded the Nike deal on his Instagram account, posting the soccer team’s coat of arms with a blank black space beside it, presumably to be filled in someday, perhaps June 1, with a Nike swoosh. Michael Silverman,, "Liverpool and Nike close the deal on the clothes deal," 14 Jan. 2020 Now that he's been shut out, the Grown Ups and Jack and Jill crossover the world has long feared is presumably already in the works. TheWeek, "Adam Sandler is thrilled he can 'stop wearing suits' now that he's been snubbed at the Oscars," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of presumably

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of presumably was in 1846

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23 Jan 2020

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“Presumably.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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