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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
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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  • Also, it would be presumptuous of me to say what your dream means to you.
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  • Trying to pin down the character of a generation is a controversial and, some say, presumptuous exercise.
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  • 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

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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