Definition of presumptive in English:

presumptive

Syllabification: pre·sump·tive
Pronunciation: /priˈzəmptiv
 
/

adjective

1Of the nature of a presumption; presumed in the absence of further information: a presumptive diagnosis
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  • They were transferred to our neonatal intensive care unit with a presumptive diagnosis of perinatal asphyxia.
  • He was discharged the following afternoon with a presumptive diagnosis of vasovagal syncope, perhaps related to defecation.
  • A second diagnostic indication involves the injection of a local anesthetic to confirm the presumptive diagnosis through symptom relief of the affected body part.
Synonyms
conjectural, speculative, tentative; theoretical, unproven, unconfirmed
1.1 Law Giving grounds for the inference of a fact or of the appropriate interpretation of the law.
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  • Thus, engaging in the lawful activities of a group designated as a ‘terrorist organization’ by the Attorney General could be presumptive grounds for expatriation.
  • In Accounting Research Bulletin No.9 it was stated that any expenditure which is properly applicable to the future is presumptive grounds for carrying the balance forward.
  • The Freedom of Information Act set the ground rules for, and establishes a presumptive right of, access to unpublished records of executive agencies by any person, regardless of citizenship.
Synonyms
probable, likely, prospective, assumed, supposed, expected
1.2 another term for presumptuous.
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  • As a mere associate member, now forced to work outside physics, perhaps it is presumptive of me to attempt to discuss these problems.

Origin

late Middle English: from French présomptif, -ive, from late Latin praesumptivus, from praesumpt- 'taken before', from the verb praesumere (see presume).

Derivatives

presumptively

adverb
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  • So a stay that would last indefinitely would be presumptively prejudicial to the plaintiff.
  • Whilst it is a presumptively child centred jurisdiction, it is not straightforwardly so.
  • Yet, neither a confession offered to a priest, nor a highly intimate disclosure offered to a therapist, is presumptively protected by privilege.

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