[ pri-zuhmp-choo-uhs ]
/ prɪˈzʌmp tʃu əs /


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.
Obsolete. presumptive.

Origin of presumptuous

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of Latin praesūmptiōsus. See presumption, -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

presumptive presumptuous

Synonym study

1, 2. See bold. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for presumptuousness


/ (prɪˈzʌmptjʊəs) /


characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward
an obsolete word for presumptive

Derived Forms

presumptuously, adverbpresumptuousness, noun
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