V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: extremely bold and forward in doing something, even though you do not have permission to do it

Synonyms: audacious, assuming, inconsiderate, forward, arrogant, overconfident, pushy, bold, bossy, brazen, nervy

Antonyms: considerate, respectful, modest

Tips: Think of the related verb presume, which means "to take liberties when acting" or "to do something although you know that you do not have a right to do it." Presumptuous describes people who have taken liberties in their actions or thoughts. For example, "That was presumptuous (assuming, forward, bold) of you to presume (assume) I would pay for dinner." You will also hear presume used in the context of people not wanting to presume what someone else is thinking or planning. "I don't want to presume (pretend, assume) to know what they are planning to do--that would be presumptuous of me."

Usage Examples:

She was very presumptuous in assuming that I was inviting her to my wedding. (arrogant, overconfident)

To say she kicked him on purpose is very presumptuous of you. (nervy, audacious)

My college roommate was very presumptuous in presuming she could borrow my clothes without asking. (inconsiderate, audacious)

No, I will not go on a date with you, and it was presumptuous of you to make a dinner reservation before I even gave you my answer. (overconfident, forward, assuming)

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