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Meaning of PRESUME

Pronunciation:  pri'zoom

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; "I assume his train was late"

PRESUME is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: assume, take for granted
 See Also: anticipate, expect, presuppose



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre*sume"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Presumed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Presuming}.] [F. pr['e]sumer, L. praesumere,
    praesumptum; prae before + sumere to take. See {Assume},
    1. To assume or take beforehand; esp., to do or undertake
       without leave or authority previously obtained.
             Dare he presume to scorn us in this manner? --Shak.
             Bold deed thou hast presumed, adventurous Eve.
    2. To take or suppose to be true, or entitled to belief,
       without examination or proof, or on the strength of
       probability; to take for granted; to infer; to suppose.
             Every man is to be presumed innocent till he is
             proved to be guilty.                  --Blackstone.
             What rests but that the mortal sentence pass, . . .
             Which he presumes already vain and void, Because not
             yet inflicted?                        --Milton.
  2. \Pre*sume"\, v. i.
    1. To suppose or assume something to be, or to be true, on
       grounds deemed valid, though not amounting to proof; to
       believe by anticipation; to infer; as, we may presume too
    2. To venture, go, or act, by an assumption of leave or
       authority not granted; to go beyond what is warranted by
       the circumstances of the case; to venture beyond license;
       to take liberties; -- often with on or upon before the
       ground of confidence.
             Do not presume too much upon my love. --Shak.
             This man presumes upon his parts.     --Locke.