• WordNet 3.6
    • n presumptuousness audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to "he despised them for their presumptuousness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Presumptuousness The quality or state of being presumptuous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n presumptuousness The state or character of being presumptuous or rashly confident; groundless confidence; arrogance; irreverent boldness or forwardness. Synonyms Presumptuousness differs from presumption only in being simply a quality, while presumption may be either a quality or the conduct exhibiting the quality.
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In literature:

But by and by the things at which we used to laugh become presumptuous, and that which was once funny is now perverse.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
I am growing too presumptuous.
"Marie Bashkirtseff (From Childhood to Girlhood)" by Marie Bashkirtseff
This, at least, showed an interest in me, and I walked to my home with high presumptuous thoughts.
"In the Wrong Paradise" by Andrew Lang
And deem it not presumptuous, if I ask it likewise for my own sake.
"The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act" by Lydia Maria Child
Heralds proclaimed her as the anointed of God, and it did not seem presumptuous.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
I exhort you the sorrow to augment of that presumptuous woman: I would fain see it.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
That other amendments may hereafter be necessary and proper it would be presumptuous to deny.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
What headway might not that presumptuous Andy Black make with Bobby Boynton in forty-eight uninterrupted hours!
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
For words of such presumptuous blasphemy, tradition must be voiceless.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
I trust it is neither too presumptuous nor too late to ask.
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
I would not be so presumptuous.
"American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
He was, however, rash, presumptuous and deficient in judgment.
"Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet" by Benjamin Drake
Their science is presumptuous ignorance.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Salmoneus of Elis was punished for having presumptuously claimed divine honours.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
She thought him presumptuous, and snubbed him accordingly.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The French were so confident, so presumptuous, that they neglected the outpost service.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
He was nothing but a brute, a despicable barbarian, not worthy to look at her; a presumptuous hound, and so on.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
Was it a presumptuous effort?
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
I am now older, and, let us hope, less presumptuous.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
He had turned him from his presumptuous attempt to be Providence to his Nelly.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan

In poetry:

Yet even if be heard above
Such selfish hope, presumptuous claim,
Better one hour of perfect love
Than an eternity of Fame!
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
But soon my too experienced heart
Read nought but generous pity there;
I felt presumptuous hope depart,
And all again was dark despair.
"Secret Love" by Amelia Opie
“Must we submit to their commands?”
Presumptuously they say;
“No, let us break Their slavish bands,
And cast Their chains away.”
"With restless and ungoverned rage" by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
``Not mine presumptuous thought to cope
With sage's faith, with saint's belief,
Or proudly mock the humble hope
That solaced the Repentant Thief.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Presumptuous girl! when Heaven afflicts
Should we its dread decrees arraign?
Lo! Heaven thy woe with mercy saw,
But thou hast made its mercy vain.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
As faithful Abraham, ere he went to pray
Upon the mount, did leave his ass behind;
So ev'ry man shou'd cast his sins away,
And each presumptuous thought securely bind.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Taylor Swift calls John Mayer ' presumptuous '.
Early-voting critic is presumptuous .
John Mayer ' presumptuous ' about song.
John Mayer's so ' presumptuous '.
John Mayer Is ' Presumptuous ' To Think 'Dear John' Is About Him.
Calls John Mayer " Presumptuous " About "Dear John".
John Mayer Is " Presumptuous " to Think "Dear John" Is About Him.
The scrumptious but not presumptuous Highway 75 Culinary Corridor.
Taylor Swift calls John Mayer ' presumptuous ' for 'Dear John' comments.
It may even be a subject on which I have written a few books, but somehow the presumptuously ignorant just know that I didn't really study that issue, because my conclusions don't agree with theirs or with what they have heard.
Presumptuous or Taken Out of Context.
Not to be presumptuous or anything, but if you think this decision through, you're gonna end up a Knick.
When thing go wrong, however, you might see terms like arrogant and presumptuous creeping into the narrative.
It is a bit presumptuous to lay claim to this basic recipe by placing my name on it, but I just finished making up a 10-pound batch and am feeling most pleased with myself.
That'd be Friday, when the Hornets travel to Memphis, beat the Grizzlies and improve to a franchise-best start of 8-2, and if that sounds a little presumptuous, then you obviously haven't been paying much attention.

In science:

While it would be presumptuous to compare those results with the current analysis, it does show that it is important to pay attention to the global conclusion that is forced upon us by the data.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
For instance, how sure are we that a specific tail is really a due to a major merger and is not a stellar stream from a disrupted satellite, despite what was presumptuously said in Sect. 2.1? Determining its color and metallically should give further hints, but is still very difficult.
What collisional debris can tell us about galaxies
While this may appear presumptuous, it naturally supports the common observation that star formation in Fornax has occurred in a sequence of discontinuous starbursts.
The Fornax dwarf galaxy as a remnant of recent dwarf-dwarf merging in the Local Group