Definition of presume
1 : to undertake without leave or clear justification : dare
2 : to expect or assume especially with confidence
3 : to suppose to be true without proof presumed innocent until proved guilty
4 : to take for granted : imply
2 : to go beyond what is right or proper
Examples of presume in a Sentence
“Is she still at work?” “I presume so, since she's not home.”
The court must presume innocence until there is proof of guilt.
Recent Examples of presume from the Web
SB 493 and HB 4849: Require money held by a county for care and preservation of cemetery lots to be presumed abandoned under certain circumstances.
But both presume that human life is valuable only if — and should be brought into the world only if — a certain subset of powerful and wise elites give the okay.
Video footage surfaced over the weekend presumed to be of the actress, high on drugs in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Marina’s presumed starter entering the season was Amber Baldwin, but a back injury relegated her to playing first base without swinging the bat.
Forensic analyst Carner identified the ship that the individual presumed to be Earhart appears to be staring at as the Koshu Maru, a Japanese cargo ship.
A spokesperson for the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office said suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty and the maximum penalty for failure to reduce speed is a $1,000 fine.
An enormous earthquake in 2008 rippled across much of Sichuan Province and nearby areas, leaving about 90,000 people dead or missing and presumed dead.
Insects are presumed innocent until proven guilty of damage.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'presume.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
PRESUME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of presume for English Language Learners
: to think that (something) is true without knowing that it is true
: to accept legally or officially that something is true until it is proved not true
: to do (something) that you do not have the right or permission to do
PRESUME Defined for Kids
Definition of presume for Students
1 : to undertake without permission or good reason : dare They … did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals. — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
2 : to suppose to be true without proof A person is presumed innocent until proved guilty.
Legal Definition of presume
: to suppose to be true without proof or before inquiry : accept as a presumption must presume the defendant is innocent
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up presume? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).