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

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The company will presumably do a lot more testing in those other places before launching services there. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s driverless cars have driven way mo’ miles than rivals’," 10 Oct. 2018 Given the United States’ ugly history of denying certain groups access to a rigorous education, why devote resources to students who presumably already do well in school, when there are so many others who are behind? Dana Goldstein, New York Times, "Educators Turn to Programs for Top Students to Narrow the ‘Excellence Gap’," 25 June 2018 News of Zucker’s contract renewal will therefore presumably come as a sigh of relief for an organization whose employees are already somewhat trepidatious about what, if anything, might change once AT&T starts cutting their paychecks. Joe Pompeo, The Hive, "Exclusive: Jeff Zucker Renews at CNN Through the 2020 Election," 13 June 2018 The ideas with the most upvotes would then be put on billboards in Washington, D.C., so people in politics could see them and presumably do something about them. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Elon Musk’s Fall to Earth," 25 May 2018 Still, the latest NYT report adds to a growing amount of data on the racialized enforcement of drug policies, even as those policies presumably get more progressive. Anne Branigin, The Root, "NYPD Tried to Blame High Marijuana Arrest Rates for Black People on Higher Call Rates. Here’s Why That Doesn’t Add Up," 14 May 2018 As a result, the assumption is that any woman who chooses to get married is part of a homogenous clump of straight, white people, presumably with piles of disposable income. Kaye Toal, SELF, "I'm Fat and I'm Not Going to Lose Weight for My Wedding," 1 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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