pre·​sum·​ably | \ pri-ˈzü-mə-blē \

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

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Toby, presumably, then gets up and goes down to meet Tess and Randall. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Have THE Darkest Theory About "Her" After the Season 3 Premiere," 26 Sep. 2018 Systrom and Krieger’s departure presumably means Instagram will be run primarily by Facebook executives, though Facebook’s influence over Instagram has started to increase in the past year, according to sources. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, are leaving amid frustrations with parent company Facebook," 25 Sep. 2018 Wuerl would have presumably known about the sanctions since McCarrick lived in his archdiocese. Fox News, "Pope's alleged cover-up pivots on when, if sanctions imposed," 27 Aug. 2018 No teacher is in it for the money, which presumably means a higher percentage motivated by the right reasons. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Danny Duffy good again, Royals and 100 losses, and, oh yes, the Chiefs," 12 June 2018 Indeed, the main reason Ancelotti is now in the hot seat is that Sarri seemed overly reluctant to stay at the club after Pepe Reina's exit, presumably knowing others would follow., "Why Carlo Ancelotti Could Have a Tough Time Replacing Maurizio Sarri at Napoli," 1 June 2018 While this is not the same group who would be using talc cosmetically, presumably miners would be in contact with higher levels of talc over a longer period of time. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 New Yorkers, testing out the newfangled technology, sent through a Bible, a copy of the Constitution, and a cat (who emerged unharmed but presumably rattled). Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 There’s no word yet on price or release date for the HU85L, but presumably LG will have more information to offer when CES rolls around in a few weeks. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "LG’s second-gen 4K laser projector works from just two inches away from your wall," 21 Dec. 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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