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
Recent Examples on the Web There will 61 teams next season too, because Long Island University will make its debut as a Division I independent, although there are two East Coast hockey leagues, and Long Island could presumably and eventually seek membership in one of those. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alabama Huntsville, ally of UAA and UAF, drops college hockey," 22 May 2020 Details still remain to be worked out: things like agreed testing arrangements and, presumably, provisions to deal with any new flare-ups or hot spots in either country. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Border-hopping without bubble-popping: A new COVID-19 strategy?," 19 May 2020 Sporting an ultra-cool camo-print sports bra and matching leggings from Niyama Sol, J.Lo looks stylish, focused, and ready to crush her presumably insane workout. Stephanie Perry,, "J.Lo Shows Off Her Insane Abs—But Her Sports Bra is Actually Stealing the Show," 18 May 2020 Now, presumably, your spouse will go into these situations with more awareness of his own vulnerability to wishful thinking and rounding upward. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: Hot sauce," 15 May 2020 This includes, presumably, the threat of military force. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Did we just witness one of the nuttiest foreign policy blunders in American history?," 7 May 2020 This, presumably, is around when costars Chalamet and Depp first meet. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Timothée Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 25 Apr. 2020 The finer spatial resolution of the QDM showed the fields came not from the crystals’ interiors, but from rims of iron that had, presumably, formed much later in their history. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Diamond microscope reveals slow crawl of Earth’s ancient crust," 22 Apr. 2020 Next year, presumably with a healthy and , the Warriors will now try to incorporate Wiggins with a roster that also has Draymond Green. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Warriors send D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota at NBA trade deadline," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of presumably

1846, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2020

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“Presumably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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