- to take for granted, assume, or suppose: I presume you're tired after your drive.
- Law. to assume as true in the absence of proof to the contrary.
- to undertake with unwarrantable boldness.
- to undertake (to do something) without right or permission: to presume to speak for another.
- to take something for granted; suppose.
- to act or proceed with unwarrantable or impertinent boldness.
- to go too far in acting unwarrantably or in taking liberties (usually followed by on or upon): Do not presume upon his tolerance.
Origin of presume
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Examples from the Web for presumed
He seemed to get a little turned around on the way but managed to reach what might have been presumed to be his destination.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
A few weeks before this, a video surfaced of an Ebola victim in Monrovia, Liberia who had been presumed dead.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
As is common in North Korea, family members of “enemies of the people” are presumed guilty by association.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
We live in two Americas, where white people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and black people the opposite.When Police Violence Gets Personal
October 5, 2014
Both Doe and Haidak argue that the university displayed a general attitude of presumed guilt towards the accused.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?
August 18, 2014
But I presumed she had some other view in coming to me, than she had hitherto acquainted me with.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
With them, the crook is presumed guilty at the outset of whatever may be charged against him.Within the Law
He had not thought much about it, but he presumed that in a sense she was.Quaint Courtships
It is to be presumed that the major was less bewildered than he looked.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Although we find religion against us, we have not yet presumed those who do.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- (when tr, often takes a clause as object) to take (something) for granted; assume
- (when tr, often foll by an infinitive) to take upon oneself (to do something) without warrant or permission; daredo you presume to copy my work?
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to rely or dependdon't presume on his agreement
- law to take as proved until contrary evidence is produced
Word Origin and History for presumed
late 14c., "to take upon oneself, to take liberty," also "to take for granted, presuppose," especially overconfidently, from Old French presumer (12c.) and directly from Latin praesumere "anticipate," in Late Latin, "assume" (see presumption). Related: Presumed; presumedly; presuming.