Origin of presumption
Examples from the Web for presumption
Perhaps that presumption was misguided, but more on that later.
So far, we seem to be enjoying the presumption of innocence.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical|Jedediah Purdy|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The effect of this was to deny the boys the presumption of innocence, since—after all—adults are responsible for their actions.Are Black Students Unruly? Or is America Just Racist?|Jamelle Bouie|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the effect of this was to deny the presumption of innocence—after all, adults are seen as fully responsible for their actions.Americans See Innocent Black Kids as Guilty Adults|Jamelle Bouie|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The presumption is rebuttable but absent judicial or attorney error, it's almost impossible.4 Reasons Oscar Pistorius Might Be Found Not Guilty|Eboni K. Williams|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He implored mille pardons for the presumption of his request.Devereux, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
We sin against hope also by presumption in God's mercy, by despair, and by over-confidence in our own righteousness.Mary, Help of Christians|Various
Such a presumption 69 would go against all governments in all modes.Burke's Speech on Conciliation with America|Edmund Burke
One King, holding the curse in light estimation, made the attempt, but was stricken sorely for his presumption.The Innocents Abroad|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It is enough that he bid me deliver the letter; after which I should think it presumption even to whisper more.The Bravo|J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for presumption
Word Origin for presumption
Word Origin and History for presumption
mid-13c., "seizure and occupation without right," also "taking upon oneself more than is warranted," from Old French presumcion (12c., Modern French présomption) and directly from Late Latin praesumptionem (nominative praesumptio) "confidence, audacity," in classical Latin, "a taking for granted, anticipation," noun of action from past participle stem of praesumere "to take beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sumere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). In English, the meaning "the taking of something for granted" is attested from c.1300. Presumptuous preserves the older sense.