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[ pri-zoo-ming ]


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  • pre·suming·ly adverb
  • unpre·suming adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of presuming1

First recorded in 1575–85; presume + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Presuming his demographic is largely the same as what it was when he was at Fox, they are not wealthy people.

One of the mobs caught Dr. Saptal Singh, beat him unconscious—and presuming him dead—threw his body off a train.

Presuming to interpret and explain events to an elite readership also risked alienating clients.

Presuming the bill clears the 60-vote hurdle on Monday, it will face a number of obstacles before becoming law.

Presuming it to be a private passenger bus, the 23-year-old woman reportedly boarded the bus with a male friend at 9:15 p.m.

I am ready Madam,—for I have sufficiently experienced the folly of my presuming to decline it.

Are you presuming to make fun of this situation, Mr. Dunham?

Meantime, you will consult your own safety by letting him alone, and never presuming to repeat the scene of this morning.

You are presuming to speak of an act of insubordination committed by a military officer under civilian command.

On entering the parlour she found her letter, and eagerly seized it, presuming that it had escaped detection.


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