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


Middle English, from Old French presumptueux, from Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of praesūmptiōsus, from praesūmptiō, presumption; see presumption.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin praesumptuosus. Confer: presumption, French présomptueux, Old French presumptuous. (Wiktionary)



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