Presume Definition

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To take for granted; accept as true, lacking proof to the contrary; suppose.
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To rely too much (on or upon), as in taking liberties.
To presume on another's friendship.
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To take upon oneself without permission or authority; dare (to say or do something); venture.
Webster's New World
To constitute reasonable evidence for supposing.
A signed invoice presumes receipt of goods.
Webster's New World
To act presumptuously; take liberties.
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Origin of Presume

  • Middle English presumen from Old French presumer from Late Latin praesūmere from Latin to anticipate prae- pre- sūmere to take em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman presumer, Middle French presumer, and their source, Latin praesÅ«mere (“to take beforehand, anticipate"), from prae- + sÅ«mere (“to take").

    From Wiktionary

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