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presumptive

[pri-zuhmp-tiv]
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adjective
  1. affording ground for presumption: presumptive evidence.
  2. based on likelihood or presumption: a presumptive title; the presumptive nominee.
  3. regarded as such by presumption; based on inference.
  4. Embryology. pertaining to the part of an embryo that, in the course of normal development, will predictably become a particular structure or region.
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Origin of presumptive

From the Late Latin word praesūmptīvus, dating back to 1555–65. See presumption, -ive
Related formspre·sump·tive·ly, adverbnon·pre·sump·tive, adjectivenon·pre·sump·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·pre·sump·tive, adjectiveo·ver·pre·sump·tive·ly, adverbun·pre·sump·tive, adjectiveun·pre·sump·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedpresumptive presumptuous
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Historical Examples

  • Presumptively they were organized in gentes, but the evidence of the fact is lost.

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    Lewis Henry Morgan

  • Presumptively, it was the same among the Greeks of the traditionary period.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan

  • If the Pawnees are organized in gentes, presumptively the other tribes are the same.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan

  • Presumptively it was possessed by them while in the Upper Status of barbarism.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan

  • Presumptively and naturally, marriage within the gens was prohibited.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan


British Dictionary definitions for presumptively

presumptive

adjective
  1. based on presumption or probability
  2. affording reasonable ground for belief
  3. of or relating to embryonic tissues that become differentiated into a particular tissue or organpresumptive epidermis
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Derived Formspresumptively, adverbpresumptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presumptively

presumptive

adj.

"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.

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