V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. based on what's reasonable and probable enough to be thought true; 2. based on presumption

Synonyms: assumptive, presumable, apparent, inferred, likely, probable

Antonyms: unlikely, improbable

Tips: When you presume something, you assume that it is true. If you are being presumptuous, you are being excessively forward or bold in your assumptions. Something is said to be presumptive if there are reasonable grounds for its belief or acceptance. Presumptive is a rather formal term, and presumable or presumed are more widely used.

Usage Examples:

Since the Senator is so far ahead in the polls, he is the presumptive nominee for President. (apparent, presumed)

It was very presumptuous of you to assume that you had the right to approve the project without consulting me. (bold, audacious, forward)

Although the attorney presented mainly circumstantial evidence, the jury believed it presumptive that the defendant was guilty. (likely, probable)

The Prime Minister is so far ahead in the polls, he is the presumptive winner. (likely, apparent)

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