presumably

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv presumably by reasonable assumption "presumably, he missed the train"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term 'crack' refers to the crackling sound heard when the mixture is smoked (heated), presumably from the sodium bicarbonate.
    • adv Presumably In a presumable manner; by, or according to, presumption.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • presumably As may be presumed or reasonably supposed; by or according to presumption; by legitimate inference from facts or circumstances.
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Quotations

  • John Gray
    John Gray
    “To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “If, presume not to God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man. Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, a being darkly wise, and rudely great.”
  • Stanley Garn
    Stanley Garn
    “If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.”
  • George Steiner
    George%20Steiner
    “Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.”

Usage

In literature:

It may be presumed that in this estimation of its height I was considerably deceived.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
I presume he has left Paris, as I can hear nothing of him.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I presume it cannot now be long, before I receive your definitive answer to my request.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
However, all these things I presume will be settled before you receive this; and I hope so settled as to give peace and satisfaction to us all.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Will you presume that I am your friend, and let us consider the whole matter afresh together?
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Now good-bye till my return, which I presume will be in the course of an hour or two.
"Elsie at Home" by Martha Finley
Presumably the man had fired at the bear when the startled horse shied.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
But, by the grimness of your countenance, and that hole in your breast, I presume you were killed, as I was, in some scalping party.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
You will need a new outfit of clothes, I presume?
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
He must be growing crazy to presume that she permitted him to remain on her list of friendship.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
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In poetry:

Strong is his arm, his heart is wise;
What vain presumer's dare
Against their Maker's hand to rise,
Or tempt th' unequal war?
"Hymn 86" by Isaac Watts
A. Christ will in flaming vengeance come,
With fury in his face,
To damn his foes that dare presume
And thus abuse his grace.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
He God himself presumes to call,
(With his attendant angels all)
To witness, that he nothing says
But truth, of my ungodly ways.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Thus I presum'd, and boasted long,
As thou hadst made my hill so strong —
'Till, angry at my sinful pride,
Thou turn'st thy countenance aside.
"The 30th Psalm, A Thanksgiving For Deliverance Out Of Trouble" by Rees Prichard
Hence let the Muse no more presume,
To blame the winter's dreary gloom;
Accuse his loitering hours no more,
But, ah! their envious haste deplore.
"Upon a Visit to a Lady of Quality" by William Shenstone
What pains thou felt, what joys thou knew,
Who shall presume to think or tell?
But this we know: there daily grew
Within thy heart, a living well.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

One member of a Japanese climbing team survived and four others are presumed dead after an avalanche swept them off a hill during their descent from Alaska's Mount McKinley .
'Once Upon a Time' recap: Dr Whale, I presume .
Don't presume to know what god is thinking.
Livingstone's lost diary, I presume .
Professor Carville, I Presume .
So How Should I Presume .
HomeGrown Theater Presents Veronica Livingstone, I Presume .
Based on that case, Drew Peterson claims police were wrong to presume his wife is dead because there is no proof to support that assumption.
On Presuming to be Modern.
Litigation, at least in the minds of most litigators, is the generally presumed method of dispute resolution.
Hood said he and Pulley have been in communication, presumably to discuss the possibility of Pulley 's transfer to Eastern.
Man presumed drowned in Rogue River.
Audiences presumably would be so overwhelmed by the fireworks and working Model-T Ford that they wouldn't care that the show tried to stuff so much into a single experience.
Xi Jinping is presumed to become the next president of China amid rumors of possible economic reform .
I'm not exactly sure what to say that presumably hasn't already been said by now in regards to the Mitchell Report.
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In science:

Sailing on the surface of the sea would, presumably be impossible if there were no phase-separation.
"Qualms" from Lavenda, cond-mat/0311270
Therefore, let us consider a generic set of conditions, presumably for the inertial range, which can result in hninj ∂ vi/∂ xj in = 0.
Intermittency and the passive nature of the magnitude of the magnetic field
Namely, if Nq ∼ q , there should exist gapless charge modes, while if Nq ∼ q2 charge excitations are presumably gapped.
Variational description of Mott insulators
Equation (1) is presumably supposed to be satisfied for an arbitrary choice of random variables as Xp , so it is X∩ that is characteristic of equation (1).
Bell inequalities for random fields
However the intrinsic geometry of the branes can be quite involved (e.g., there are the foliations on the world-volume, see the previous Section) and presumably depends on the details of (twisted) generalized complex geometry.
Geometry of D-branes for general N=(2,2) sigma models
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