Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Providing a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance.
  • adj. Founded on probability or presumption.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable evidence; probable.
  • adj. Presumptuous; arrogant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Based on presumption or probability; probable; grounded on probable evidence; proving circumstantially, not directly.
  • Unreasonably confident; presumptuous; arrogant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance
  • adj. having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance

Etymologies

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Examples

  • As you said, there was what we called a presumptive positive test on green onions about a week ago.

    CNN Transcript Dec 12, 2006

  • If false, it suggests that the Democratic nominee-presumptive is audacious about more than just hope.

    Audacity Pure and Simple

  • 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.

    Eschaton

  • 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."

    Conservative Activist Grover Norquist: Obama Is "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"?

    Balkinization

  • 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."

    Stay Classy, Grover

  • Stephen Levinson (1995, 2000) argues for default interpretations that he calls presumptive meanings and classifies as implicatures.

    Defaults in Semantics and Pragmatics

  • 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.

    DeMorning DeBonis: Nov. 4, 2010

  • 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.

    Bill Katovsky: Why is the Media Still Calling Obama the "Presumptive" Nominee? (Is This Sowing Doubt?)

  • It's called the presumptive nominee effect and for Obama it has been much much lower.

    Poll: Obama Losing West Virginia Primary By More Than Two To One

Comments

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  • I was surprised to see this on CNN's election page attached to the image of McCain. Not that McCain's status as presumptive candidate is surprising, but that they chose this word. See also an annotated version of same image.

    I don't see TV--are they using "presumptive" on the news? I would like that.

    March 6, 2008