[pri-zoo-muh-buh l]


capable of being taken for granted; probable.

Origin of presumable

First recorded in 1685–95; presume + -able
Related formsun·pre·sum·a·ble, adjectiveun·pre·sum·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for presumable

apparent, likely, plausible, possible, probable

Examples from the Web for presumable

Historical Examples of presumable

  • Was it not presumable that he had slipped his foot and had fallen?

  • It is presumable that it was one of the Auburn Apostolic brethren.

  • It is, nevertheless, presumable that he did not long remain in that part of the world.

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne

  • Notwithstanding the presumable urgencies the breakfast talk was not of business.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • It is presumable that the first seed may have been brought from Guildford.

    Island Life

    Alfred Russel Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for presumable



able to be presumed or taken for granted
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Word Origin and History for presumable

1690s, from presume + -able.

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