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[pri-zoo-muh-blee] /prɪˈzu mə bli/
by assuming reasonably; probably:
Since he is a consistent winner, he is presumably a superior player.
Origin of presumably
1640-50; presumable + -ly
doubtless, likely, apparently. Unabridged
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  • These presumably came into general use on January 1st, 1916.

    The Stamps of Canada Bertram Poole
  • We can only say that they will be different, and presumably loftier ones.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Faulkner assumed an air of real affliction, presumably for the departed.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • She drew a long breath, presumably of relief, and moved a step forward.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The house was empty, and presumably had been shut up for years.

British Dictionary definitions for presumably


(sentence modifier) one presumes or supposes that: presumably he won't see you, if you're leaving tomorrow
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Word Origin and History for presumably

1640s, "with presumption, without examination," from presumable + -ly (2). As a qualifier, "probably, as one would presume," from 1830.

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