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 formspre·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverbpre·sump·tu·ous·ness, nouno·ver·pre·sump·tu·ous, adjectiveo·ver·pre·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·pre·sump·tu·ous·ness, nounun·pre·sump·tu·ous, adjectiveun·pre·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·pre·sump·tu·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedpresumptive presumptuous

Synonyms for presumptuous

Synonym study

1, 2. See bold.

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

Examples from the Web for presumptuousness

Historical Examples of presumptuousness

  • Yes, you have a parvenu's presumptuousness somewhere about you.

    Touch and Go

    D. H. Lawrence

  • But he could see no excuse for this presumptuousness in himself.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone

    James Oliver Curwood

  • The folly of it, the ingratitude of it, the hardness of it, the presumptuousness of it.

  • And yet I cannot believe that God would have visited their presumptuousness upon me with such horrid irony.

  • We had not gone far on our travels before we realised the presumptuousness of our attempt to "do" Java in a fortnight.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

British Dictionary definitions for presumptuousness



characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward
an obsolete word for presumptive
Derived Formspresumptuously, adverbpresumptuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presumptuousness



mid-14c., from Old French presumtuex (12c.; Modern French présomptueux) and directly from Late Latin praesumptuosus, variant of praesumptiosus, from past participle stem of Latin praesumere "anticipate," in Late Latin, "assume" (see presumption). Related: Presumptuously; presumptuousness.

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