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presumptive

[pri-zuhmp-tiv]
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adjective
  1. affording ground for presumption: presumptive evidence.
  2. based on likelihood or presumption: a presumptive title; the presumptive nominee.
  3. regarded as such by presumption; based on inference.
  4. Embryology. pertaining to the part of an embryo that, in the course of normal development, will predictably become a particular structure or region.
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Origin of presumptive

From the Late Latin word praesūmptīvus, dating back to 1555–65. See presumption, -ive
Related formspre·sump·tive·ly, adverbnon·pre·sump·tive, adjectivenon·pre·sump·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·pre·sump·tive, adjectiveo·ver·pre·sump·tive·ly, adverbun·pre·sump·tive, adjectiveun·pre·sump·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedpresumptive presumptuous
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probable, circumstantial, possible

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British Dictionary definitions for presumptive

presumptive

adjective
  1. based on presumption or probability
  2. affording reasonable ground for belief
  3. of or relating to embryonic tissues that become differentiated into a particular tissue or organpresumptive epidermis
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Derived Formspresumptively, adverbpresumptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presumptive

adj.

"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.

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