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presumptuous

[pri-zuhmp-choo-uh s] /prɪˈzʌmp tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward.
3.
Obsolete, presumptive.
Origin of presumptuous
1300-1350
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.
Synonyms
1, 2. impertinent, audacious; fresh; arrogant. See bold.
Antonyms
1, 2. modest, unassuming.
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  • But tell me, presumptuous fellow, how shall these ten steeds come a-galloping hither!

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn Jeffery Farnol
  • I am not so presumptuous as to say that for me this may not happen.

  • I remembered all my presumptuous speeches, and gave the countess credit for no little magnanimity.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • The diffident took heart before him, and the presumptuous were checked.

  • Whatever you may think of Mr. Smith's doctrines, it is presumptuous to set yourself up as too good to go to church.

    The Elect Lady George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for presumptuous

presumptuous

/prɪˈzʌmptjʊəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward
2.
an obsolete word for presumptive
Derived Forms
presumptuously, adverb
presumptuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presumptuous
adj.

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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