from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Going beyond what is right or proper because of an excess of self-confidence or arrogance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of presumption; presuming; overconfident or venturesome; audacious; rash; taking liberties unduly; arrogant; insolent
- adj. Founded on presumption.
- adj. Done with hold design, rash confidence, or in violation of known duty; willful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Going beyond the limits of propriety or good sense in thought or conduct; exhibiting or marked by presumption; overbold; presuming; arrogant.
- Synonyms Forward, venturesome, foolhardy. Presumptive and presumptuous have no meanings in common. See arrogance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. excessively forward
He said there was no truth in the story, which he described as presumptuous in that it attempted to portray him as a "great fixer-up" of all problems.
My favorite thing, which may sound a little presumptuous, is to try to elevate the material.
It was asked everyday of his Mid East and European trip, “Is he too presumptuous, is he trying too hard to be a rock star?”
I used the phrase presumptuous invention, quoted from Philip Roth, to describe the fiction by which Beloved is able to know the details of the Middle Passage.
The word presumptuous doesn't even begin to cover the idea that Quinn, with the blessing of the Washington Post, would imply through that column that the Obamas ought to attend church and choose one for them.
Actually I believe the comment yesterday was about a quote in an article where the author called him "presumptuous" and I posted the quote that was referenced and said "It kinda does sound 'presumptuous' ..." or words to that effect.
Why isn't McCain called presumptuous or arrogant for his weekly radio addresses, his meeting with foreign leaders after the GOP primary wrapped up or the fact he called himself the President in earlier ads?
Being bold and presumptuous, which is rude or arrogant.
If, however, such a man be called presumptuous, this kind of presumption is not opposed to magnanimity, but to that virtue which is about ordinary honor, as stated above (Q. 129, A. 2).
Vast as the vision was, Dante cannot be called presumptuous for having entertained it.