The definition of presumptive refers to something that is assumed to happen or assumed to be true.
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.
(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?