• WordNet 3.6
    • adj presumable capable of being inferred on slight grounds
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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.
    • a Presumable Such as may be presumed or supposed to be true; that seems entitled to belief without direct evidence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • presumable Capable of being presumed or taken for granted; such as may be supposed to be true or entitled to belief without examination or direct evidence, or on probable evidence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Presumable that may be presumed or supposed to be true
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  • 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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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.”


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


In literature:

The men immediately surrounded him, and carried him to the Ministry of the Interior, where I presume he still is.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
You came, I presume, because it promised to be profitable.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Mind you, I don't say that murder was intended in the first instance; but will presume that there was a struggle.
"Golden Stories" by Various
Then he went back to the cavalry depot and presumably improved on his initial effort.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
They had been driven from their home, and, presumably, were taken in by friends.
"The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays" by Laura Lee Hope
I presume I may admire that which I cannot exactly imitate.
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
I presume that he has written his composition?
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
I presume he has left Paris, as I can hear nothing of him.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The eldest, I presume.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But presumably it was a very elegant party costume.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz

In poetry:

Thus while a worldling boasted once,
As many now presume;
He heard the Lord himself pronounce
His sudden, aweful doom.
"The Worldling" by John Newton
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
But, Oh! myself I wretchedly deceiv'd,
Fondly presuming I shou'd never die,
Or if I died, I foolishly believ'd,
That in the grave I shou'd unquestion'd lie!
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Let none presume to go to bed at night
'Till, on his knees, he has his homage paid —
His bounden homage — due to God of right,
Ere to repose he has his body laid.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
When thou, my soul! before thy God dost come,
How vast the distance, think! 'twixt him and thee;
And to approach thy Sov'reign ne'er presume,
But with submission, on thy bended knee.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
It is to gaze upon her eyes
With eager joy and fond surprise;
Yet temper'd with such chaste and awful fear
As wretches feel who wait their doom;
Nor must one ruder thought presume
Tho' but in whispers breath'd, to meet her ear.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld

In news:

Wein- Reis , on a non-Beyoncé-looking day, presumably.
He also noted reading the statute retroactively would yield a result which the court presumes the Legislature didn't intend.
Presumably waiting for the Cinco de Mayo crowd to bring their fiesta to the Old Rock House with them.
The city presumes the culprits are rogue teenagers.
A suspect power distribution box from the shuttle Endeavour is being tested to find out what caused a presumed short circuit that derailed a launch try Friday.
Boat operator of unmanned skiff presumed missing at sea.
In the vast parking lot of the Whole Foods and K-Mart mall in West Orange, a convoy of out-of-state utility trucks rest while their crews presumably do the same.
Brenda Harris as Abigaille, presumed daugher of Nabucco in the Minnesota Opera production of "Nabucco.".
Alaska State Troopers say a hunter is presumed drowned after he attempted to cross a creek swollen after heavy rain.
It means they'll have the first pick at the June 28 draft and will presumably take Kentucky standout Anthony Davis.
Presumed dead for five years following a shipwreck only to be found alive on a remote island in the Pacific, Arrow 's Oliver Queen is out to make amends with the people he offended during his early years as a wayward teen.
RPOF's former director: 'Presumed' prostitutes attended GOP fundraiser.
2 presumably gone by the time this column appears, here's what you do from now on: Date as always.
This rabbit sculpture, bolted to a rock at Kendrick Park in Amherst as part of a play structure, vanished last week and is presumed stolen COURTESY LEE HUTT Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra.
Don 't Presume Guilt.

In science:

There was an increase in noise for the fits to these data, presumably because the mean spectrum gives a better match to the spectral type than any template star.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
M orbitals. frandom measures the correlation between the (presumably uncorrelated) spin-0 ground state and the highest state of spin one (see text for details).
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
The general result is presumably also known, but we do not know a reference.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
The Parisi theory is the (presumably) exact solution of an artificial model with infiniterange interactions.
Computer Science in Physics
The same method could presumably be used to force the argument for j = 1.
Average number of distinct part sizes in a random Carlitz composition