Origin of deemMiddle English deman from Old English deman, to judge, decree from base of dom, doom
An example of deem is thinking a child has done something wrong when they have a guilty look on their face.
verbdeemed, deem·ing, deems
- To regard as; consider: deemed the results unsatisfactory. See Synonyms at consider. See Usage Note at as 1.
- To suppose or believe: “making little improvements which she deemed that he would value when she was gone” ( Thomas Hardy )
Origin of deemMiddle English demen from Old English dēman ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deems, present participle deeming, simple past and past participle deemed)
- (intransitive) To think, judge, or hold as an opinion; decide or believe on consideration; suppose.
- To hold in belief or estimation; adjudge as a conclusion; regard as being; evaluate according to one's beliefs; account.
- She deemed his efforts insufficient.
- (intransitive) To have or hold as a (personal) opinion; judge; think.
From Middle English demen, from Old English dēman (“to judge, determine, reckon, decide, decree, sentence, condemn, assign, deem, consider, think, estimate, compute, examine, prove, doom, condemn, praise, glorify, tell, declare”), from Proto-Germanic *dōmijaną (“to judge, think”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰē-, *dʰeh₁- (“to set, put, stell, lay”). Cognate with North Frisian dema (“to judge, recognise”), Dutch doemen (“to condemn, foredoom”), Danish dømme (“to judge”), Swedish döma (“to judge, sentence, condemn”), Russian думать (dúmat, “I think, consider, judge”) and probably Albanian them (“I say, believe, deem”). Related to doom.
deem - Legal Definition
- It's hard to know what later generations will deem to be art.
- But when theists charge one another with "anthropomorphism," in order to rebuke what they deem unduly manlike conceptions of God, they stand on slippery ground.
- "2 The charter provided that " such other branches of science and knowledge may be embraced in the plan of instruction and investigation pertaining to the university as the trustees may deem useful and proper," and Ezra Cornell expressed his own ideal in the oft-quoted words: " I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."
- The boys have a government of their own, elect their officials from among themselves, and inflict such punishment on any of their number as the boys deem merited.
- The State recognized the ecclesiastical tribunals and accorded them a wide jurisdiction that we should now deem essentially secular in its nature.