American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Behavior or attitude that is boldly arrogant or offensive; effrontery.
- n. The act of presuming or accepting as true.
- n. Acceptance or belief based on reasonable evidence; assumption or supposition.
- n. A condition or basis for accepting or presuming.
- n. Law A conclusion derived from a particular set of facts based on law, rather than probable reasoning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of presuming, or taking upon one's self more than good sense and propriety warrant; excessive boldness or over-confidence in thought or conduct; presumptuousness; assurance; arrogance.
- n. The act of presuming or probably inferring; hypothetical or inductive inference.
- n. That which is presumed; that which is supposed to be true upon grounds of probability.
- n. A ground for presuming or believing; evidence or probability, as tending to establish an opinion.
- n. In law, an inference as to the existence of one fact from the existence of some other fact, founded upon a previous experience of their connection, or dictated by the policy of the law. Presumptions are generally inferences in accordance with the common experience of mankind and the established principles of logic; but, as they differ in cogency or convincing power, the term is used variously as signifying different degrees of certainty in the inference.
- n. Surmise, Conjecture, etc. See inference.
- n. Likelihood, probability.
- n. the act of presuming, or something presumed
- n. the belief of something based upon reasonable evidence, or upon something known to be true
- n. the condition upon which something is presumed
- n. dated arrogant behaviour
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of presuming, or believing upon probable evidence; the act of assuming or taking for granted; belief upon incomplete proof.
- n. Ground for presuming; evidence probable, but not conclusive; strong probability; reasonable supposition.
- n. That which is presumed or assumed; that which is supposed or believed to be real or true, on evidence that is probable but not conclusive.
- n. The act of venturing beyond due beyond due bounds; an overstepping of the bounds of reverence, respect, or courtesy; forward, overconfident, or arrogant opinion or conduct; presumptuousness; arrogance; effrontery.
- From Late Latin praesumptionem, accusative singular of praesumptio. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English presumpcion, from Old French, from Late Latin praesūmptiō, praesūmptiōn-, from Latin, anticipation, from praesūmptus, past participle of praesūmere, to anticipate; see presume. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_presumption_ in favor of a proposition; not sufficient for belief, but sufficient to cause the strict principles of a regular induction to be dispensed with, and creating a predisposition to believe it on evidence which would be seen to be insufficient if no such presumption existed.”
“The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team that seems to have a significant amount of money to spend this summer, and the presumption is they'll see if Dallas can re-sign Derian Hatcher.”
“They can't say conclusively he's not alive, and the presumption is they must aggressively pursue every avenue of this case.”
“At first he was merely annoyed at what he called her presumption -- induced, he supposed, by her long connection with the family.”
“She was a prudent woman, that poor mother of mine, and she was afraid of her son's chastising what she called presumption, and thus embroiling himself with the Parliament people.”
“The presumption is that individuals have a right to liberty that the feds, the states, and the lower levels of government should all respect.”
“This strongly indicates that her starting presumption is inferiority.”
“Their basic presumption is that there is one correct way to believe (usually the one they share), and they presume that anyone not sharing that belief is aberrant, and legislate accordingly.”
“This stands in sharp contrast to the United States, where the default presumption is that such videos are in the public domain and can be freely used without permission.”
“I believe that this presumption is inherently more cruel.”
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