- affording ground for presumption: presumptive evidence.
- based on likelihood or presumption: a presumptive title; the presumptive nominee.
- regarded as such by presumption; based on inference.
- Embryology. pertaining to the part of an embryo that, in the course of normal development, will predictably become a particular structure or region.
Origin of presumptive
Examples from the Web for presumptive
These groups turn out in greater numbers in presidential elections, giving Democrats a presumptive advantage heading into 2016.How Democrats Can Recover
November 9, 2014
The spotlight will soon fix itself on the presumptive Democratic 2016 nominee, whose name, I think, we all know.Immigration Reform? Not Until Hillary
September 8, 2014
Whoever wins that primary will still be an underdog against the presumptive Democratic nominee, Rep. Bruce Braley.Iowa GOP Senate Debate Shows Divides
April 25, 2014
The presumptive Democratic nominee is Rep. Bruce Braley, a four-term congressman from northeast Iowa.Pol’s ‘Spoof Ad’ Aims for LOLZ—and Senate Seat
April 10, 2014
Her presumptive Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, has already raised nearly $21 million.Wendy Davis Is (Probably) Running for Texas Governor
September 26, 2013
The judge would then qualify the crime, and decide who was the presumptive culprit.The Philippine Islands
But the presumptive evidence is so strong that it is hardly needed.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
But while you have no certainty of this, there is a presumptive argument on the other side.The Young Man's Guide
William A. Alcott
And thus the truth which it apprehends is at first only presumptive.
But we have to note that such value-standards are only presumptive.Essays in Experimental Logic
- based on presumption or probability
- affording reasonable ground for belief
- of or relating to embryonic tissues that become differentiated into a particular tissue or organpresumptive epidermis
Word Origin and History for presumptive
"speculative," mid-15c., from French présomptif (15c.), from Medieval Latin presumptivus, from Late Latin praesumptivus, from Latin praesumpt- past participle stem of praesumere (see presume). The heir presumptive (1620s) is "presumed" to be the heir if the heir apparent is unavailable. Related: Presumptively.