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[pri-zoo-ming] /prɪˈzu mɪŋ/
Origin of presuming
1575-85; presume + -ing2
Related forms
presumingly, adverb
unpresuming, adjective


[pri-zoom] /prɪˈzum/
verb (used with object), presumed, presuming.
to take for granted, assume, or suppose:
I presume you're tired after your drive.
Law. to assume as true in the absence of proof to the contrary.
to undertake with unwarrantable boldness.
to undertake (to do something) without right or permission:
to presume to speak for another.
verb (used without object), presumed, presuming.
to take something for granted; suppose.
to act or proceed with unwarrantable or impertinent boldness.
to go too far in acting unwarrantably or in taking liberties (usually followed by on or upon):
Do not presume upon his tolerance.
1300-50; Middle English presumen (< Old French presumer) < Latin praesūmere to take beforehand (Late Latin: take for granted, assume, dare), equivalent to prae- pre- + sūmere to take up, suppose (see consume)
Related forms
[pri-zoo-mid-lee] /prɪˈzu mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
presumer, noun
unpresumed, adjective
1. presuppose. 6. overstep. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for presuming
  • presuming he's hesitant to switch horses midstream, your pal should offer to make his project worth your while.
  • presuming that entropy continues to decrease, you have to look at the future of the universe as a probability tree.
  • But presuming it survives all the trials, this drug will probably be pretty expensive.
  • Avoid overheated rhetoric, presuming motives and--more than anything--all caps.
  • presuming the accuracy of this account, her boss is wrong.
  • Hereby receive my apologies for presuming your facility was based on ignorance.
  • We must avoid presuming that a composer's art is inextricably tied to specific instrumental characteristics.
  • One inviolable rule she must not forget: it is fatal to be pushing or presuming.
  • Those who accuse the media of a presumption of guilt are not necessarily the same as those who are presuming guilt themselves.
  • All this is presuming that our politicians will let us do these things.
British Dictionary definitions for presuming


(when transitive, often takes a clause as object) to take (something) for granted; assume
(when transitive, often foll by an infinitive) to take upon oneself (to do something) without warrant or permission; dare: do you presume to copy my work?
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to rely or depend: don't presume on his agreement
(law) to take as proved until contrary evidence is produced
Derived Forms
presumedly (prɪˈzjuːmɪdlɪ) adverb
presumer, noun
presuming, adjective
presumingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin praesūmere to take in advance, from prae before + sūmere to assume
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Word Origin and History for presuming



late 14c., "to take upon oneself, to take liberty," also "to take for granted, presuppose," especially overconfidently, from Old French presumer (12c.) and directly from Latin praesumere "anticipate," in Late Latin, "assume" (see presumption). Related: Presumed; presumedly; presuming.

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