American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Providing a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance.
- adj. Founded on probability or presumption.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Based on presumption or probability; probable; grounded on probable evidence; proving circumstantially, not directly.
- Unreasonably confident; presumptuous; arrogant.
- adj. Based on presumption, probability, conjecture, hypothesis or belief
- adj. making presumptions; behaving as one who presumes, who assumes that which they perhaps shouldn't.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable evidence; probable.
- adj. rare Presumptuous; arrogant.
- adj. affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance
- adj. having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance
“As you said, there was what we called a presumptive positive test on green onions about a week ago.”
“If false, it suggests that the Democratic nominee-presumptive is audacious about more than just hope.”
“Lieberman was traveling in presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's bus, the "Straight Talk Express," when it collided with a van at the intersection of 54th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.”
“Norquist dropped by The Times 'Washington bureau today and, as part of his negative critique of Obama's liberal stances on economic issues and other matters, he termed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee "John Kerry with a tan.”
“Are we supposed to be more generously disposed to her than, say, to Kyle Sampson, her partner in presumptive illegality (whether or not, technically, "criminal misconduct"), because she's just a "girl," whereas he's a "man"?”
“Norquist dropped by The Times' Washington bureau today and, as part of his negative critique of Obama's liberal stances on economic issues and other matters, he termed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee "John Kerry with a tan.”
“Stephen Levinson (1995, 2000) argues for default interpretations that he calls presumptive meanings and classifies as implicatures.”
“Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray -- boy, it feels good to retire the word "presumptive" -- rolled out his transition team yesterday, or at least a goodly portion of it, tapping an array of distinguished personages, many of them veterans of city and federal government.”
“The term itself -- "presumptive" -- suggests something not quite permanent, that something unexpected or sinister might possibly happen to Obama, and we'll see instead the Senator from New York emerge from the Denver Convention hall as the presidential candidate.”
“It's called the presumptive nominee effect and for Obama it has been much much lower.”
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