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
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.
By Saturday, officials counted 58 people missing and presumed dead, including 30 deaths previously confirmed.
LONDON — Fifty-eight people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, London police announced Saturday, raising the death toll in the horrific inferno that turned the public housing block into a charred hulk.
The two artists deconstructed a five-pound riyal and turned each shape and image into a work of art to show how Qatar has come to presume its riches are taken as a given, said Al-Semaitt.
In a statement today, Governor Snyder responded by saying: Director Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells, like every other person who has been charged with a crime by Bill Schuette, are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Anyone who drinks tea is presumed to be capable of stirring it.
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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
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