presumptive

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adjective pre·sump·tive \-ˈzəm(p)-tiv\

Definition of presumptive

  1. 1 :  based on probability or presumption the presumptive nominee

  2. 2 :  giving grounds for reasonable opinion or belief

  3. 3 :  being an embryonic precursor with the potential for forming a particular structure or tissue in the normal course of development presumptive retina

presumptively

adverb

Examples of presumptive in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of presumptive

15th century


Medical Dictionary

presumptive

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adjective pre·sump·tive \pri-ˈzəm(p)-tiv\

Medical Definition of presumptive

  1. 1:  expected to develop in a particular direction under normal conditions presumptive regions of the blastula

  2. 2:  being the embryonic precursor of presumptive neural tissue


Law Dictionary

presumptive

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adjective pre·sump·tive \pri-ˈzəmp-tiv\

Legal Definition of presumptive

  1. 1 :  based on presumption :  presumed to have occurred a presumptive violation of law

  2. 2 :  giving grounds for reasonable opinion or belief

presumptively

adverb


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