pre·sum·ably | \pri-ˈzü-mə-blē \

Definition of presumably 

: by reasonable assumption

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Synonyms & Antonyms for presumably


assumably, doubtless, likely, probably



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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

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The District 86 School Board is considering incorporating the buffer zone officially into the Hinsdale Central attendance area, presumably because the majority of students in the buffer zone choose Central. Kimberly Fornek,, "Will Hinsdale South area support the next District 86 referendum?," 26 Apr. 2018 The Kimmel had considered installing cup holders as part of the new-seating project, a feature which, presumably, would have encouraged beverage consumption — not to mention boosted concession sales figures — at Broadway shows. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 Bellof's time, therefore, was presumably the last word in speed around this dangerous ribbon of tarmac. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche shatters the Nürburgring record we thought was unbreakable," 30 June 2018 Maxie made her post presumably in response to Waters’ call for people to continue to confront Trump-administration officials and Cabinet members over the administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. Monique Judge, The Root, "When Will White People Learn That Racist Social Media Posts Will Haunt Them Forever?," 27 June 2018 Over the weekend, Tristan captioned the photo with a red heart and posed with presumably a trio of his favorite things on his lap. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The First Tristan Thompson and True Photo is Here, and It's Adorable," 25 June 2018 Taken aback by what just happened, Meghan immediately put her hand on her fellow royal's shoulder, presumably asking what happened. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Bug Attacked the Sophie of Wessex During Her Royal Ascot Carriage Ride With Meghan Markle," 20 June 2018 This confirmed that the bottom coating was almost all polymer, presumably because it's used to bond a material to the surface. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 That's one reason why the U.S. Air Force, which wants to monitor its own orbital assets and presumably those of others, is funding MROI. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "Telescope array will spy on spy satellites, star surfaces and black holes," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of presumably

1846, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of presumably

: very likely


pre·sum·ably | \pri-ˈzü-mə-blē \

Kids Definition of presumably

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

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