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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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  • presumably a diplomatic officer is under as strict discipline as an army officer.
  • If the allegation holds up, next comes a presumably deep investigation.
  • It presumably gets difficult if you're talking to people from different castes at the same time.
  • Frog toxins engage the nose and make them thoroughly unappetizing to humans, and presumably predators as well.
  • presumably they would protect the letter with a paper casing.
  • presumably these slobs never wash the dishes, either.
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  • presumably the idea is that if loggers pay fewer taxes, they will invest more in conservation.
  • They ornamented their bodies and buried their dead with elaborate grave goods, presumably to serve them in an afterlife.
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British Dictionary definitions for presumably


(sentence modifier) one presumes or supposes that: presumably he won't see you, if you're leaving tomorrow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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