- the act of presuming.
- assumption of something as true.
- belief on reasonable grounds or probable evidence.
- something that is presumed; an assumption.
- a ground or reason for presuming or believing.
- Law. an inference required or permitted by law as to the existence of one fact from proof of the existence of other facts.
- an assumption, often not fully established, that is taken for granted in some piece of reasoning.
- unwarrantable, unbecoming, or impertinent boldness.
Origin of presumption
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Examples from the Web for presumption
Perhaps that presumption was misguided, but more on that later.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
So far, we seem to be enjoying the presumption of innocence.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical
April 26, 2014
The effect of this was to deny the boys the presumption of innocence, since—after all—adults are responsible for their actions.Are Black Students Unruly? Or is America Just Racist?
March 21, 2014
And the effect of this was to deny the presumption of innocence—after all, adults are seen as fully responsible for their actions.Americans See Innocent Black Kids as Guilty Adults
March 11, 2014
The presumption is rebuttable but absent judicial or attorney error, it's almost impossible.4 Reasons Oscar Pistorius Might Be Found Not Guilty
Eboni K. Williams
March 6, 2014
To the disgust of the latter, Robert actually had the presumption to walk home with Hester.Brave and Bold
What if to her mother the mere idea of having a calling should seem a presumption!Weighed and Wanting
The presumption is that they represent the old sepulchers of the kings of Meroe.
To folly, to pretension, to presumption, he showed but slight forbearance.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Not that I intend to enter the lists with Peter; that would be presumption indeed.The Letters of Robert Burns
- the act of presuming
- bold or insolent behaviour or manners
- a belief or assumption based on reasonable evidence
- a ground or basis on which to presume
- law an inference of the truth of a fact from other facts proved, admitted, or judicially noticed
Word Origin and History for presumption
mid-13c., "seizure and occupation without right," also "taking upon oneself more than is warranted," from Old French presumcion (12c., Modern French présomption) and directly from Late Latin praesumptionem (nominative praesumptio) "confidence, audacity," in classical Latin, "a taking for granted, anticipation," noun of action from past participle stem of praesumere "to take beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sumere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). In English, the meaning "the taking of something for granted" is attested from c.1300. Presumptuous preserves the older sense.