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presumptive

[pri-zuhmp-tiv] /prɪˈzʌmp tɪv/
adjective
1.
affording ground for presumption:
presumptive evidence.
2.
based on presumption:
a presumptive title.
3.
regarded as such by presumption; based on inference.
4.
Embryology. pertaining to the part of an embryo that, in the course of normal development, will predictably become a particular structure or region.
Origin of presumptive
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin praesūmptīvus. See presumption, -ive
Related forms
presumptively, adverb
nonpresumptive, adjective
nonpresumptively, adverb
overpresumptive, adjective
overpresumptively, adverb
unpresumptive, adjective
unpresumptively, adverb
Can be confused
presumptive, presumptuous.
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presumptive

/prɪˈzʌmptɪv/
adjective
1.
based on presumption or probability
2.
affording reasonable ground for belief
3.
of or relating to embryonic tissues that become differentiated into a particular tissue or organ: presumptive epidermis
Derived Forms
presumptively, adverb
presumptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presumptive
adj.

"speculative," mid-15c., from French présomptif (15c.), from Medieval Latin presumptivus, from Late Latin praesumptivus, from Latin praesumpt- past participle stem of praesumere (see presume). The heir presumptive (1620s) is "presumed" to be the heir if the heir apparent is unavailable. Related: Presumptively.

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