[ pri-zuhmp-choo-uhs ]
/ prɪˈzʌmp tʃu əs /
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full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing something without right or permission.
unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward.
OTHER WORDS FOR presumptuous
1, 2 impertinent, audacious; fresh; arrogant.
OPPOSITES FOR presumptuous
1, 2 modest, unassuming.
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Origin of presumptuous
1300–50; Middle English <Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of Latin praesūmptiōsus.See presumption, -ous
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1, 2. See bold.
OTHER WORDS FROM presumptuous
pre·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverbpre·sump·tu·ous·ness, nouno·ver·pre·sump·tu·ous, adjectiveo·ver·pre·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverb
o·ver·pre·sump·tu·ous·ness, nounun·pre·sump·tu·ous, adjectiveun·pre·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·pre·sump·tu·ous·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH presumptuouspresumptive, presumptuous
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How to use presumptuous in a sentence
I don’t know your backstory, motivation or the emotional associations you have with your traditions, so my invalidating your feelings would be presumptuous and wrong.Carolyn Hax: How to make acceptance a holiday tradition|Carolyn Hax|January 20, 2021|Washington Post
I presumptuously thought at the time that the anger of Heaven was thus shown for the crime I had committed.Peter the Whaler|W.H.G. Kingston
Salmoneus of Elis was punished for having presumptuously claimed divine honours.The Aeneid of Virgil|Virgil
And woe to Boythorn, or other daring wight, who shall presumptuously contest an inch with him!
Because there have been upstart governments, thrusting themselves between, and presumptuously working to un-make man.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II|Thomas Paine
Those who had too presumptuously concluded that they should pass without combat were something disconcerted.An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
British Dictionary definitions for presumptuous
/ (prɪˈzʌmptjʊəs) /
characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward
an obsolete word for presumptive
Derived forms of presumptuouspresumptuously, adverbpresumptuousness, noun
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