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 whole point of raising money, presumably, is to buy media attention. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: RevUp CEO Steve Spinner on Recode Decode," 12 Nov. 2018 Violet Whaley committed suicide in 1885, but visitors report spotting her, as well as her parents, who presumably refuse to rest in peace while their daughter still roams among the living. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 In addition to the damage, two servicemen, presumably the ones that accidentally triggered the gun. suffered hearing damage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Belgian F-16 Accidentally Fires Gatling Gun, Destroys Another F-16 on the Ground," 15 Oct. 2018 Prince William and Kate Middleton attended and even engaged in some rare PDA, presumably because ~love~ was in the air. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Royal Wedding Guests Are Still Recovering from Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbanks' Reception," 13 Oct. 2018 The actor even served the drink at Harry and Meghan's wedding, so presumably Casamigos will be on tap on October 12. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Guest List," 12 Aug. 2018 In what presumably was a compromise between the two sides Booker got his money and Phoenix got a straight five-year deal rather than a player option for the 2023-24 season. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns, Devin Booker both benefit from five-year, $158 million deal," 8 July 2018 Even in the West, where such data utilities would presumably be democratically controlled, the potential for abuse would be huge. The Economist, "The ultimate walled gardenChina has the world’s most centralised internet system," 28 June 2018 That was certainly some plan; presumably the entire point was to make Melania seem like an amazingly uncaring and unlikable person? Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Melania Trump Catches Flack for Her Jacket," 24 June 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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