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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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Examples from the Web for presumptuousness
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  • Yes, you have a parvenu's presumptuousness somewhere about you.

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • But he could see no excuse for this presumptuousness in himself.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • The folly of it, the ingratitude of it, the hardness of it, the presumptuousness of it.

  • And yet I cannot believe that God would have visited their presumptuousness upon me with such horrid irony.

    Penelope Brandling Vernon Lee
  • We had not gone far on our travels before we realised the presumptuousness of our attempt to "do" Java in a fortnight.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • Thus doth the master give free scope to his slaves, and even enjoyeth their presumptuousness.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • What it lacked in intrinsic truth and power of conviction, it endeavored to supply by presumptuousness.

  • The presumptuousness of the Dominicans of Cologne and their unjust proceedings against Reuchlin angered him, too.

  • The presumptuousness of this language was softened by tones and gestures so humble, that I found it impossible to be angry!


    Mary Brunton
  • In his heart, while doing penance for his presumptuousness, he believed that he could lead regiments of men.

British Dictionary definitions for presumptuousness


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 presumptuousness



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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