- to take for granted, assume, or suppose: I presume you're tired after your drive.
- Law. to assume as true in the absence of proof to the contrary.
- to undertake with unwarrantable boldness.
- to undertake (to do something) without right or permission: to presume to speak for another.
- to take something for granted; suppose.
- to act or proceed with unwarrantable or impertinent boldness.
- to go too far in acting unwarrantably or in taking liberties (usually followed by on or upon): Do not presume upon his tolerance.
Origin of presume
Synonyms for presume
Examples from the Web for presumedly
Historical Examples of presumedly
But father was in town that night—presumedly at his club, and Peter did not like to leave mother alone.Winnie Childs
C. N. Williamson
Here, presumedly, these two troubled young ladies met in a disembodied form to contend for the possession of this young man.Welsh Folk-Lore
These differences are too large and too constant in a number of presumedly allied forms to be overlooked.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
The name Brunanburh, in some presumedly corrupted form, very common.On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire
His ordination took place in 1887, after which he held two pastorates of three years each, presumedly in Free Baptist churches.Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing
George Barton Cutten
- (when tr, often takes a clause as object) to take (something) for granted; assume
- (when tr, often foll by an infinitive) to take upon oneself (to do something) without warrant or permission; daredo you presume to copy my work?
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to rely or dependdon't presume on his agreement
- law to take as proved until contrary evidence is produced
Word Origin for presume
late 14c., "to take upon oneself, to take liberty," also "to take for granted, presuppose," especially overconfidently, from Old French presumer (12c.) and directly from Latin praesumere "anticipate," in Late Latin, "assume" (see presumption). Related: Presumed; presumedly; presuming.