presume

verb pre·sume \ pri-ˈzüm \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of presume

presumed; presuming
transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
1 :to act or proceed presumptuously or on a presumption
2 :to go beyond what is right or proper

presumedly

play \pri-ˈzü-məd-lē, -ˈzümd-lē\ adverb

presumer

noun

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



PRESUME Defined for English Language Learners

presume

verb

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

verb pre·sume \ pri-ˈzüm \

Definition of presume for Students

presumed; presuming
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.

Law Dictionary

presume

transitive verb pre·sume \ pri-ˈzüm \

legal Definition of presume

presumed; presuming
:to suppose to be true without proof or before inquiry :accept as a presumption
  • must presume the defendant is innocent


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