presumptuous

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adjective pre·sump·tu·ous \ pri-ˈzəm(p)-chə-wəs , -chəs , -shəs \

Definition of presumptuous

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

presumptuously

adverb

presumptuousness

noun

Examples of presumptuous in a Sentence

  1. 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 BeinartNew Republic22 Jan. 1996
  2. 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 KeseyNew York Times Book Review31 Dec. 1989
  3. 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. BoorstinThe Discoverers1983
  4. it's a little presumptuous of you to assume that I'm your new best friend just because I invited you along

  5. the presumptuous doctor didn't even bother to explain to me the treatment that I would be receiving

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Origin and Etymology of presumptuous

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


PRESUMPTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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adjective pre·sump·tu·ous \ pri-ˈzəmp-chə-wəs \

Definition of presumptuous for Students

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

presumptuously

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presumptuousness

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