• WordNet 3.6
    • adj presumptive affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance "presumptive evidence","a strong presumptive case is made out"
    • adj presumptive having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance "the presumptive heir (or heir apparent)"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Presumptive Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable evidence; probable; as, presumptive proof.
    • Presumptive Presumptuous; arrogant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • presumptive Based on presumption or probability; probable; grounded on probable evidence; proving circumstantially, not directly.
    • presumptive Unreasonably confident; presumptuous; arrogant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Presumptive presuming: grounded on probable evidence:
    • adj Presumptive (law) proving circumstantially
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  • John Henry Newman
    John Henry Newman
    “Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.”
  • James Thurber
    “It's a na?ve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. présomptif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. présumer—L. præsumĕrepræ, before, sumĕre, to take—sub, under, emĕre, to buy.


In literature:

Why, the natural and inevitable presumption is that the defendant is guilty!
"Courts and Criminals" by Arthur Train
However, soon recollecting myself, Sir, said I, I have not the presumption to hope such an honour.
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
The name of one was Simple, one Sloth, and the third Presumption.
"The Pilgrim's Progress in Words of One Syllable" by Mary Godolphin
And here we must say that Vernon himself had been brought up in boyhood and youth to regard himself the presumptive inheritor of Laughton.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
So then I may make my visit on the presumption of being expected?
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
But excuse the presumption of a distracted heart.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
The one my easiness; the other your own presumption.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I doubted not your approbation of them, and had written an answer on that presumption; which is ready for him.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
But you will observe that the presumption of death would have arisen out of his own proceedings.
"The Vanishing Man" by R. Austin Freeman
His benevolent disposition was more effective for good than his silent presumption for harm.
"Impressions of Theophrastus Such" by George Eliot

In poetry:

I don't know:
Something 't was that typified
My presumption and my pride.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
What do I hear? thou truant! thou hast dare
E'en to the awful presence of the king
Bear thy presumption!
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Soars thy vanity so high?
Thy presumption is above
All belief: be sure, for love
No man will be found to die.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
He feeds our hopes with airy dreams,
Or kills with slavish fear;
And holds us still in wide extremes,
Presumption or despair.
"Hymn 156" by Isaac Watts
IV. My heart overflowing, and new to each form
Of the world, I sought thee, nor fear'd to offend
By unconscious presumption: oh sure 'twas some charm
That thus led me to seek in a stranger, a friend!
"To Mrs. Lefanue" by Sydney Owenson
Most August! Empress of India, and of great Britain the Queen,
I most humbly beg your pardon, hoping you will not think it mean
That a poor poet that lives in Dundee,
Would be so presumptous to write unto Thee
"A Requisition to the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Presumptive Kiowa County Attorney and current Ford County Assistant Attorney J Scott James will serve 48-hours in jail for his March 31 DUI arrest.
Xi Jinping, China's presumptive new president, is mysteriously absent (GRAPHIC).
Xi Jinping, China's presumptive new president, has been absent from public view in the last few days and recently canceled a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Presumptive GOP VP Nominee, Paul Ryan already under attack by Obama's supporters.
Even After Texas Primary, Romney Will Remain The ' Presumptive ' Nominee.
RNC officially names Mitt Romney the party's ' presumptive nominee'.
Presumptive Nominee Wins 5 Primaries.
How Mitt Romney became the presumptive nominee.
High expectations for China's presumptive premier.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (left) and his vice presidential running more.
Obama, Menendez hold sizable lead in N.J. JIM WATSON/Agence France-Presse In the presidential election, President Barack Obama (above) leads presumptive nominee Mitt Romney by 13 percentage points, 49 to 36 percent, according to a new poll.
President Obama was in Ohio Monday and heads to Texas on Tuesday, as his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, stumps in Pennsylvania.
Though probation is a possibility, each of the 10 counts being prosecuted by Montgomery's office carries a presumptive sentence of 31/2 years in prison.
The presidential campaign will build steam in North Carolina with scheduled appearances by presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden.
Kentucky's presumptive point guard this season shed little light on what illness caused him to miss the last four games.

In science:

This presumption is largely based on the next “scaling window” result.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
We assign probabilities upon the presumption that it is true.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
This of itself should be grounds for caution. Furthermore, there is no unambiguous test for the observational identification of a presumptive black hole.
A critique of general relativity
There is no presumption that such a full specification actually correspond to what real ly exists in the relevant spacetime region, i.e., no presumption that the candidate theory in question is true.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
Their presumption was that the faster 1967 ejecta were running into the slower 1944 ejecta.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis