When everyone expects a particular person to be nominated to a committee, that person is an example of a presumptive nominee.
- giving reasonable ground for belief: presumptive evidence
- based on probability; presumed: an heir presumptive
Origin of presumptiveFrench présomptif from Late Latin praesumptivus from Classical Latin praesumptus: see presumption
- Based on a presumption; presumed: the party's presumptive nominee.
- Providing a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance: presumptive evidence.
- Usage Problem Presumptuous: presumptive behavior.
Usage Note: Presumptive is sometimes used with the meaning of “arrogant, presumptuous,” as in It was very presumptive of you to speak to the senator in such an offhand manner. The Usage Panel overwhelmingly disapproves of this usage, with 83 percent rejecting the previous sentence and a similar example as well in our 2009 survey.
(comparative more presumptive, superlative most presumptive)
- Based on presumption, probability, conjecture, hypothesis or belief
- By late May, he was already considered his party's presumptive nominee.
- making presumptions; behaving as one who presumes, who assumes that which they perhaps shouldn't.
- Forgive me for being presumptive, but aren't you and Mark engaged?