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[pri-zuhmp-choo-uh s] /prɪˈzʌmp tʃu əs/
full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing something without right or permission.
unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward.
Obsolete, presumptive.
Origin of presumptuous
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of Latin praesūmptiōsus. See presumption, -ous
Related forms
presumptuously, adverb
presumptuousness, noun
overpresumptuous, adjective
overpresumptuously, adverb
overpresumptuousness, noun
unpresumptuous, adjective
unpresumptuously, adverb
unpresumptuousness, noun
Can be confused
presumptive, presumptuous.
1, 2. impertinent, audacious; fresh; arrogant. See bold.
1, 2. modest, unassuming. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for presumptuous
  • Also, it would be presumptuous of me to say what your dream means to you.
  • Just outright trying to negotiate is very likely to come off as presumptuous and annoying.
  • Trying to pin down the character of a generation is a controversial and, some say, presumptuous exercise.
  • Seldom has the drive to do good works been as alarmingly, offensively presumptuous.
  • Call me presumptuous, but I've already bought three-by-five cards and jotted down notes.
  • The technique proves to be presumptuous.
  • Regional politicians might find this a tad presumptuous.
  • But the decline is so broad and so striking that it would be presumptuous of me to take responsibility for it.
  • Your response seems a little presumptuous and arrogant.
  • He is a presumptuous and a superficial writer.
British Dictionary definitions for presumptuous


characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward
an obsolete word for presumptive
Derived Forms
presumptuously, adverb
presumptuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presumptuous

mid-14c., from Old French presumtuex (12c.; Modern French présomptueux) and directly from Late Latin praesumptuosus, variant of praesumptiosus, from past participle stem of Latin praesumere "anticipate," in Late Latin, "assume" (see presumption). Related: Presumptuously; presumptuousness.

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