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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of assume.


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  • The term assumes that the direction the government takes is in part determined by external factors.


  • The term assumes that the mothers and fathers are using their children to improve their immigration status.

    Rev. Debra Haffner: Babies - No Adjectives Needed

  • Before the discussion continues, a major limitation of the concept, that has often been noted before, must be reported: The definition assumes a clear distinction between goals and means, itself a rationalistic distinction.


  • The title assumes that: me casting cure on my friend "might" actually work. Stories / Popular

  • Frankly I think anything with "Helen Thomas:" in the title assumes a Barf Alert but thanks for the double reminder.

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  • First, the title assumes that abortion is just one among "other issues" (sort of like the Lord's Supper is just one among "other parts of doctrine").

    Balaam's Ass

  • By a slight extension of meaning, the term assumes the meaning ` bossy woman. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol 1 No 4

  • By our theory this term assumes its literal meaning ; and this wonderful fact of the complex jaws of an animal retaining numerous characters, which they would probably have retained if they had really been metamorphosed during many successive generations from true legs, is simply explained.

    The Foundations of the Origin of Species Two Essays written in 1842 and 1844

  • "The term assumes that the embryo is passing through the various stages of evolution which brought life from the single-celled organism to man, but on a contracted time scale.

    A Case Of Conscience

  • They (and their producers) anticipate our questions and answer honestly, but the show mistakenly assumes from the outset that our questions are only about sex and jealousy.

    TLC's 'Sister Wives': Frank, entertaining TV about polygamist Browns in Utah


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