pre·​sump·​tu·​ous | \ pri-ˈzəm(p)-chə-wəs How to pronounce presumptuous (audio) , -chəs, -shəs \

Definition of presumptuous

: overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy) : taking liberties

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presumptuously adverb
presumptuousness noun

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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 on the Web The move was presumptuous and unnecessary as Peggy’s father owns and operates his own pharmacy. Veronica Wells, Essence, 15 Feb. 2022 To dream of greater pleasures (such as a fair society) seemed to Céline almost presumptuous. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, 25 Jan. 2022 However, Miss Manners is afraid that what this man did was not only presumptuous, but also somewhat menacing. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 Seen through the lens of our moment, Stephen Crane can appear wildly presumptuous, a writer chronically inclined toward cultural appropriation. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 His was an unprofessional, presumptuous psychological analysis of President Trump’s state of mind regarding world events. WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Those negative takes were a bit presumptuous at the time as critics were only given the first three episodes to binge. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 However, fans of rival countries have interpreted the chant as arrogant and presumptuous, despite multiple attempts to explain its true meaning. Matias Grez, CNN, 11 July 2021 Duncan: How can someone without title or authority most effectively challenge the status quo without coming across as presumptuous or disrespectful of people who do have title or authority? Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 6 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of presumptuous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for presumptuous

Middle English, from Anglo-French presumptious, from Late Latin praesumptuosus, irregular from praesumptio — see presume

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pre·​sump·​tu·​ous | \ pri-ˈzəmp-chə-wəs How to pronounce presumptuous (audio) \

Kids Definition of presumptuous

: going beyond what is proper It would be presumptuous to ask personal questions.

Other Words from presumptuous

presumptuously adverb
presumptuousness noun

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