Definition of presumptuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈzəm(p)(t)SH(o͞o)əs/


(Of a person or their behavior) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate: I hope I won’t be considered presumptuous if I offer some advice
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  • And I'm presumptuous enough to assume that people might actually take the time to misunderstand me.
  • I guess I'm not presumptuous enough to declare how it turned out for me.
  • Beware of a thankless and presumptuous person who expects too much from you without contributing himself in any way.
brazen, overconfident, arrogant, bold, audacious, forward, familiar, impertinent, insolent, impudent, cocky;
cheeky, rude, impolite, uncivil, bumptious
informal sassy



Pronunciation: /prəˈzəm(p)(t)SH(o͞o)əslē/
Example sentences
  • To quote Beckett in this way, to quote the final, self-consuming lines of one of his more insular works as a preface to one's own work, is almost presumptuously audacious.
  • So it is no exaggeration to say that what we presumptuously call ‘Western’ culture is owed in large measure to the Andalusian enlightenment.
  • More presumptuously, they believe they have the right to deploy words like ‘democracy’ and ‘socialism’.


Pronunciation: /prəˈzəm(p)(t)SH(o͞o)əsnəs/
Example sentences
  • But, having admitted all that, there is one thing that the Europeans do know and can put forward without presumptuousness: It is that power does not necessarily lead to victory.
  • His presumptuousness is reflected in his opening moves and extreme appointments, which pour more salt on racial wounds.
  • The fact that their followers themselves do not have the intelligence to exercise even only the right of suffrage makes the presumptuousness much more ridiculous.


Middle English: from Old French presumptueux, from late Latin praesumptuosus, variant of praesumptiosus 'full of boldness', from praesumptio (see presumption).

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Syllabification: pre·sump·tu·ous

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