presumed dead

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of presumed dead

: believed to be dead
  • After the earthquake several people were missing and presumed dead.

Word by Word Definitions

presume play presumed
  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

dead play
  1. : deprived of life : no longer alive

  2. : having the appearance of death : deathly

  3. : lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb

  1. : someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

  2. : the state of being dead

  3. : the time of greatest quiet

  1. : absolutely, utterly

  2. : suddenly and completely

  3. : directly


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