Definition of presumptuous
: overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy) : taking liberties
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
This is not presumptuous of me to put myself in their number.
What was presumptuous in August became official on Friday night in Moultrie, where top-ranked Grayson made Colquitt County an ex-champion with a 49-21 victory in the Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals.
Others say that assuming liberals should vote Democratic is presumptuous.
This effort, too, was dismissed as presumptuous and unnecessary.
In interviews across the country, Republican voters suggested that Mr. Romney’s move was presumptuous and described him as out of touch and ineffectual.
Their presumptuous, heart-to-heart tone bugged me too.
Of course, drawing too many direct associations between Howard and Guardians at this point would be presumptuous.
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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
: going beyond what is proper It would be presumptuous to ask personal questions.
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