pre·​sum·​ably | \ pri-ˈzü-mə-blē How to pronounce presumably (audio) \

Definition of presumably

: by reasonable assumption

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 Similarly, the grenade and melee symbols are existing ones, repeated, so presumably those are placeholders. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The popping noise will presumably be even more deafening. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The project is currently filming in Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to The Coast, which is presumably where Patterson and Murray snapped the shot. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 For early humans, who were trying to rest outdoors with predators around, this trait was presumably a lifesaver. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 An email sent to Schor repeated the threatening language of the original note and directed her to a different email address after the first was, presumably, disabled. Kristen Hawley, Bon Appétit, 26 July 2022 Sanderson apparently spoiled the bomber’s plan, which was, presumably, to detonate the bomb later in the day when the waiting room was full. Jerry Adler, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 Another service for moving vehicles is presumably on the way, and SpaceX plans to provide Starlink Internet on flights. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 8 July 2022 Subsequent flashbacks, which sap the intensity of the Jimmy/Larry storyline at every point, are there presumably to remind us that the case involved legitimate police work. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of presumably

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Presumably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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