presumptive

adjective
pre·​sump·​tive | \ pri-ˈzəm(p)-tiv How to pronounce presumptive (audio) \

Definition of presumptive

1 : based on probability or presumption the presumptive nominee
2 : giving grounds for reasonable opinion or belief
3 : being an embryonic precursor with the potential for forming a particular structure or tissue in the normal course of development presumptive retina

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Other Words from presumptive

presumptively adverb

Examples of presumptive in a Sentence

in that climate of fear, an accusation alone was presumptive evidence of guilt

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And everybody, including the PG 2.5’s namesake player, was left wonder just how in the hell a shoe outfitting the presumptive number one pick in the NBA draft could come undone less than a minute into a basketball game. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Sneaker Blowout Science: How Zion Williamson’s Nikes Came Apart," 22 Feb. 2019 Her death left Leopold heartbroken and England without an heir-presumptive. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, DeSantis, who claimed victory in the governor’s race, is already acting like the presumptive nominee, appointing a transition team. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Florida’s high-stakes recounts for governor and Senate, explained," 15 Nov. 2018 But with the shock of Trump's 2016 victory still fresh, some Democrats are painfully aware that significant factors could emerge in the 45 days before the election that could derail their presumptive success. Steve Peoples, Fox News, "Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach," 22 Sep. 2018 Max Scherzer, the presumptive starter with the game being held at Nationals Park, has a 2.33 ERA. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling makes All-Star team; Max Muncy doesn't win fan vote," 12 July 2018 According to the plea deal, each faces a presumptive sentence of one year in prison. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Mesa couple accused of helping daughter hide baby from father pleads guilty," 23 May 2018 Browns Coach Hue Jackson said Thursday that Tyrod Taylor, the quarterback acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, would be the presumptive starter this season. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "N.F.L. Draft 2018 Round 2 and 3 Live Updates," 28 Apr. 2018 Democrats are seemingly quite content with their presumptive nominee, Kyrsten Sinema. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Power Rankings: Not so peachy primaries," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of presumptive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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presumptive

adjective
pre·​sump·​tive | \ pri-ˈzəm(p)-tiv How to pronounce presumptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of presumptive

1 : expected to develop in a particular direction under normal conditions presumptive regions of the blastula
2 : being the embryonic precursor of presumptive neural tissue

presumptive

adjective
pre·​sump·​tive | \ pri-ˈzəmp-tiv How to pronounce presumptive (audio) \

Legal Definition of presumptive

1 : based on presumption : presumed to have occurred a presumptive violation of law
2 : giving grounds for reasonable opinion or belief

Other Words from presumptive

presumptively adverb

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