Examples of presumptuous in a Sentence
- To Yale University, he was David Sneed. And some people called him that. Close friends called him Marc. Not wanting to appear presumptuous, I tried not to commit to either, waiting instead for a signal. —Peter Beinart, New Republic, 22 Jan. 1996
- Professor Stegner mistook me, I fear, for an anti-intellectual, not understanding that I was in fact something far less presumptuous—a near-illiterate, especially compared to the rest of his blue-chip roster. —Ken Kesey, New York Times Book Review, 31 Dec. 1989
- To spy out the shape of God's Heaven was superfluous, presumptuous, and might prove blasphemous. Galileo was no better than a theological Peeping Tom. —Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983
it's a little presumptuous of you to assume that I'm your new best friend just because I invited you along
the presumptuous doctor didn't even bother to explain to me the treatment that I would be receiving
Recent Examples of presumptuous from the Web
And, after a strong response from the Liverpool Echo, which labelled Mafham's piece 'vile, presumptuous and repugnant' and Liverpool city mayor Joe Anderson, the newspaper issued a public statement apologising unreservedly.
But in the same way that western settlers came to the real American frontier seeing an empty landscape, Barlow’s metaphor making was presumptuous.
But Herzog warned that any attempt by Starbucks to extend that conversation beyond the workforce risked seeming presumptuous and could have significant consequences.
When Roberts proposed the name, The Masters, Jones objected, believing the name was too presumptuous.
Florida coach Mike White will be the first to tell anyone expecting results similar to the Gators’ deep NCAA Tournament run last season would be highly presumptuous.
To their credit, the Heat righted themselves to the degree that the mere right to consider playoff possibilities doesn't come off as presumptuous (thanks to some help from the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets).
Chloe and Heidi brought it up at the same time, 'Wow that's presumptuous.
Or a less-presumptuous Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Brut?) Jackson, borrowing an old Lakota Sioux ritual, conjured up positive spirits and drove away evil ones by burning sage or sweet grass in the locker room.
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arrogant, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, highfalutin (also hifalutin), huffish, huffy, imperious, important, lofty, lordly, masterful, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, supercilious, superior, uppish, uppity;
complacent, conceited, egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), narcissistic, prideful, proud, self-affected, self-applauding, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up;
PRESUMPTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of presumptuous for English Language Learners
: too confident especially in a way that is rude : done or made without permission, right, or good reason
PRESUMPTUOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of presumptuous for Students
- It would be presumptuous to ask personal questions.
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