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[pri-zuhmp-tiv] /prɪˈzʌmp tɪv/
affording ground for presumption:
presumptive evidence.
based on presumption:
a presumptive title.
regarded as such by presumption; based on inference.
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
1555-65; < 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. Unabridged
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  • And for those who actually fit that presumptive implication--this is a noble thought.
  • There is no qualification for government but virtue and wisdom, actual or presumptive.
  • Warren plans to introduce the presumptive nominees together and then to interview each for an hour.
  • The formerly-presumptive frontrunner who has somehow frittered away his status.
  • Since the presumptive conclusion is obviously insane, they conclude that the premise must be equally insane.
  • Still, no careful listener can doubt that race is an element in the new tone of presumptive insolence.
British Dictionary definitions for presumptive


based on presumption or probability
affording reasonable ground for belief
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

"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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