presume

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verb pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

Definition of presume

presumed

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presuming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to undertake without leave or clear justification :  dare

  3. 2 :  to expect or assume especially with confidence

  4. 3 :  to suppose to be true without proof presumed innocent until proved guilty

  5. 4 :  to take for granted :  imply

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to act or proceed presumptuously or on a presumption

  8. 2 :  to go beyond what is right or proper

presumedly

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presumer

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Examples of presume in a Sentence

  1. Is she still at work? I presume so, since she's not home.

  2. The court must presume innocence until there is proof of guilt.

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Origin and Etymology of presume

Middle English, from Late Latin & Anglo-French; Anglo-French presumer, from Late Latin praesumere to dare, from Latin, to anticipate, assume, from prae- + sumere to take — more at consume


First Known Use: 14th century



PRESUME Defined for English Language Learners

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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

presume

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verb pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

Definition of presume for Students

presumed

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presuming

  1. 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. 2 :  to suppose to be true without proof A person is presumed innocent until proved guilty.


Law Dictionary

presume

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transitive verb pre·sume \pri-ˈzüm\

Legal Definition of presume

presumed

presuming

  1. :  to suppose to be true without proof or before inquiry :  accept as a presumption must presume the defendant is innocent



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