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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Traffic accidents are down, and with them vehicle damage and presumably injuries, thanks to driver assistance systems that are increasingly common on new cars and trucks. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "These car features could prevent your next crash," 8 June 2019 Coders have used black backgrounds for decades—presumably to keep from disrupting programming sessions that stretched well into the night. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Do You Really Need Dark Mode?," 8 June 2019 Tests will begin in November, meaning the rest of us won’t see Stadia until sometime in 2020 presumably. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Google's play-anywhere Stadia game service gets a Founder's Edition bundle, pricing, and more," 6 June 2019 The seller is throwing in a 1929 Duesenberg and a 1906 Cadillac with the sale, but the rest of his 50-plus-car private collection is going, presumably with the washer and dryer and the TVs. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Car Museum for Sale, Comes with a Resort; $279 Million OBO," 2 June 2019 The perfumer cites Maurizio Cattlelan as an influence; the slight animalistic whiff is presumably a nod to the Italian artist’s controversial taxidermy installations. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "A New Series of Art World Perfumes Is Challenging What It Means to Smell Good," 24 May 2019 In the final shots of the series, Jon is seen leaving Castle Black with the rest of the Wildlings and venturing off north of The Wall, presumably never to return to Westeros. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Did Jon Snow Become the King of the Wildlings at the End of 'Game of Thrones'?," 20 May 2019 Well, the wait appears to be over: Per Playbill, Back to the Future will finally debut at the Manchester Opera House in the U.K. next February, before presumably making its way to the Great White Way. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "A Back to the Future Musical Is Finally Coming, So Here Are Some Song Ideas," 17 May 2019 This knowledge will presumably make would-be partners think twice before handing over their data and research to DeepMind and, by extension, Google. James Vincent, The Verge, "Privacy advocates sound the alarm after Google grabs DeepMind UK health app," 14 Nov. 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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