• 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
This was the son of his brother, dead now, who dwelt at Selwoode as heir presumptive.
"The Eagle's Shadow" by James Branch Cabell
It would be unwise to relax our measures in any respect on a presumption of such a result.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Edited by James D. Richardson
This presumption is evidently groundless in both instances.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
On that presumption, I ask your excuse.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
Lovely, and oh that I could write loving Mrs. Margaret Clark, I pray you let Affection excuse Presumption.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Its presumption was only applicable to a higher order of beings.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
The demon replied, that he had been needlessly invoked by an insulting youth, and could do no less than kill him for his presumption.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The presumption of him!
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He at once launched forth into explanations mingled with apologies for the presumption he had shown in putting her to this inconvenience.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
But because thou hast called thyself the emperor, however madly, my lord shall know of thy presumption.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various

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
We then used the final estimation as the presumptive ground truth which we refer to as the converged value.
Faster Random Walks By Rewiring Online Social Networks On-The-Fly
In order to test this possibility, d-Au collisions were measured and found to be similar to p+p, confirming the presumption that jet quenching in central Au+Au collisions is due to final state interactions.
Experimental Summary of Rencontres du Moriond 2004 on QCD and High Energy Interactions
The above theorem shows this presumption to be true.
Dynamics of trap models
Nonetheless, none of these sorts of presumptive counterarguments to the use of a Turing test are the basis for the discussion in the remainder of this paper.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
We assume that the application of the Painlev´e test (necessary conditions for the PP) has led either to no failure or to a minor failure, corresponding respectively to a presumption of integrability in the Painlev´e sense or of partial integrability.
The Painlev\'e approach to nonlinear ordinary differential equations
The simplicity of the model is due to some drastic presumptions.
Quantum theory of a high harmonic generation as a three-step process
This formula could be compared with Eq. (2.15) in Ref. obtained under presumption Ψf ≡ Ψi .
Quantum theory of a high harmonic generation as a three-step process
Thus they spare themselves trouble and avoid the appearance of presumption.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
Due to the presumptive equivalence between various Floer homology theories, it has been suggested that a similar property should hold for the Heegaard-Floer homology of the fibered three manifold in the above theorem.
On knot Floer homology for some fibered knots
Verifying the automorphy of these presumptive forms is one possible application of the algorithm for evaluating the Whittaker functions presented in the later section.
Evaluating Whittaker functions and Maass forms for SL(3,Z)