[ pri-zuhmp-tiv ]
/ prɪˈzʌmp tɪv /


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

From the Late Latin word praesūmptīvus, dating back to 1555–65. See presumption, -ive

Related forms

Can be confused

presumptive presumptuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for presumptive


/ (prɪˈzʌmptɪv) /


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

Derived Forms

presumptively, adverbpresumptiveness, noun
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