pre·​sum·​ably pri-ˈzü-mə-blē How to pronounce presumably (audio)
: 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 At a minimum, that means a large share of the Republican Party’s experienced officials will have been out of power for two Obama terms, a Trump term, a Biden term, and then, presumably, either a second Biden or Trump term—a total of 20 years. Elizabeth N. Saunders, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Leading candidate for Best Actor out in Hollywood, Cillian Murphy, pictured above with what can only be described as a presumably very expensive black tee tucked into his cummerbund, is the epitome of Christopher Nolan's now-famous instruction to Robert Downey, Jr., namely, understatement. Guy Martin, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Ground-penetrating radar detected what seemed to be evidence of some two hundred graves, presumably belonging to Native American children, in the land surrounding the Kamloops Indian Residential School, in British Columbia. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 On Friday, Smith, 55, posted photos on Instagram of the trio together, presumably backstage at the Coca-Cola Roxy Theater in Atlanta, where Hart, 44, has had comedy shows recently. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 All the speakers were white, but the general public was invited, which presumably brought out residents of the Black neighborhood the school would serve. Richard Selcer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 17 Feb. 2024 And yes, the dark chocolate really does taste like dark chocolate, despite using palm oil instead of cocoa butter for its fat, presumably for better flow. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 17 Feb. 2024 The Singapore edition was created in collaboration with chef Willin Low and Jigger and Pony bar director Aki Eguchi, who presumably were involved to some degree with selecting the combination of staves used to finish the whiskey and capture a little bit of Singapore in a bottle. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 At some point, depending on market conditions that presumably would differ greatly from the current murky outlook for the Bay Area office market, the parking garage would be converted into an office building. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of presumably was in 1846

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“Presumably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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pre·​sum·​ably pri-ˈzü-mə-blē How to pronounce presumably (audio)
: one would presume : it seems likely : probably
presumably he'll come later

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