- affording ground for presumption: presumptive evidence.
- based on likelihood or presumption: a presumptive title; the presumptive nominee.
- regarded as such by presumption; based on inference.
- Embryology. pertaining to the part of an embryo that, in the course of normal development, will predictably become a particular structure or region.
Origin of presumptive
Examples from the Web for presumptively
Presumptively they were organized in gentes, but the evidence of the fact is lost.
Presumptively, it was the same among the Greeks of the traditionary period.
If the Pawnees are organized in gentes, presumptively the other tribes are the same.
Presumptively it was possessed by them while in the Upper Status of barbarism.
Presumptively and naturally, marriage within the gens was prohibited.
- based on presumption or probability
- affording reasonable ground for belief
- of or relating to embryonic tissues that become differentiated into a particular tissue or organpresumptive epidermis
Word Origin and History for presumptively
"speculative," mid-15c., from French présomptif (15c.), from Medieval Latin presumptivus, from Late Latin praesumptivus, from Latin praesumpt- past participle stem of praesumere (see presume). The heir presumptive (1620s) is "presumed" to be the heir if the heir apparent is unavailable. Related: Presumptively.