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
But the Los Angeles Lakers, who were presumed to pick local prospect Lonzo Ball from UCLA, scheduled a workout with Fox in mid-June, per CBSsports.com.
While making a public appearance, Claire learns that an old friend of Frank's has gone missing and is presumed dead.
Besides, lawyers for the GOP leaders said, courts should presume the Legislature’s actions are constitutional and shouldn’t get involved in what amounts to a political turf war.
Some critics of the civil rights office said school districts often felt they were presumed guilty in the eyes of the federal government.
The price is right, presuming it’s in good condition.
All too often fledglings are found and presumed to be alone when the parents are in reality close by and attentive.
A man presumed drowned in the frigid, fast-moving Clackamas River at High Rocks Park this week was born in a Kenya refugee camp and moved to the U.S. as a child, his cousin said Thursday.
WN: Your book is definitely written for the common person and presumes little or no knowledge of the Internet and its culture.
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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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