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[pri-zuhmp-choo-uh s] /prɪˈzʌmp tʃu əs/
full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing something without right or permission.
unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward.
Obsolete. presumptive.
Origin of presumptuous
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of Latin praesūmptiōsus. See presumption, -ous
Related forms
presumptuously, adverb
presumptuousness, noun
overpresumptuous, adjective
overpresumptuously, adverb
overpresumptuousness, noun
unpresumptuous, adjective
unpresumptuously, adverb
unpresumptuousness, noun
Can be confused
presumptive, presumptuous.
1, 2. impertinent, audacious; fresh; arrogant.
1, 2. modest, unassuming.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See bold. Unabridged
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  • But tell me, presumptuous fellow, how shall these ten steeds come a-galloping hither!

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn Jeffery Farnol
  • "It was presumptuous of me to bring thee here," she said after a while.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • I remembered all my presumptuous speeches, and gave the countess credit for no little magnanimity.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • I am not so presumptuous as to attempt to enter the inner chamber of your spirit.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Whatever you may think of Mr. Smith's doctrines, it is presumptuous to set yourself up as too good to go to church.

    The Elect Lady George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for presumptuous


characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward
an obsolete word for presumptive
Derived Forms
presumptuously, adverb
presumptuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presumptuous

mid-14c., from Old French presumtuex (12c.; Modern French présomptueux) and directly from Late Latin praesumptuosus, variant of praesumptiosus, from past participle stem of Latin praesumere "anticipate," in Late Latin, "assume" (see presumption). Related: Presumptuously; presumptuousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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