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[pri-zoo-muh-buh l] /prɪˈzu mə bəl/
capable of being taken for granted; probable.
Origin of presumable
First recorded in 1685-95; presume + -able
Related forms
unpresumable, adjective
unpresumably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Was it not presumable that he had slipped his foot and had fallen?

  • It is presumable that it was one of the Auburn Apostolic brethren.

  • It is, nevertheless, presumable that he did not long remain in that part of the world.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Notwithstanding the presumable urgencies the breakfast talk was not of business.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • It is presumable that the first seed may have been brought from Guildford.

    Island Life Alfred Russel Wallace
  • It is presumable that the grace which was his in prison departed in Paris.

    Oscar Wilde Edgar Saltus
  • There he stopped awkwardly in the enumeration of their presumable blessedness.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • Therefore it is at least presumable that these were all familiar to the colonists.

  • It is presumable also, the rainfall is greater than the average of the country.

  • I faltered, "what does yonder scene of presumable domesticity mean?"

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for presumable


able to be presumed or taken for granted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for presumable

1690s, from presume + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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