- 1An idea that is taken to be true on the basis of probability: underlying presumptions about human natureMore example sentences
- The notion of escape from the present is ubiquitous in these works, consistent with the presumption underlying the idea of Utopia as a place of retreat from the present world.
- We will have changed the presumption from the idea that the Internet is not regulated to one that it is regulated.
- Valerie is blinded by her presumptions to the true answers to any of these questions.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The acceptance of something as true although it is not known for certain: the presumption of innocenceMore example sentences
- In London a spokesman for the Lord Chancellor's office said family law cases in England and Wales were generally heard in camera, although there was no presumption that they had to be.
- My own personal presumption is innocence until proven guilty.
- The presumption that everyone in Brisbane follows the Broncos is nonsense… and the number of Bulldogs fans at Lang Park last Sunday surely confirm that.
- 1.2chiefly Law An attitude adopted in law or as a matter of policy towards an action or proposal in the absence of acceptable reasons to the contrary: the planning policy shows a general presumption in favour of developmentMore example sentences
- Such a decision, especially today, requires extraordinarily strong reasons for overriding the presumption in favor of peace and against war.
- Even in regard to criminal statutes the presumption in favour of strict construction is nowadays rarely applied.
- There is, therefore, a presumption in favour of the appeal proposal under S54A unless other material considerations indicate otherwise.
- 2 [mass noun] Behaviour perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate: he lifted her off the ground, and she was enraged at his presumptionMore example sentences
brazenness, audacity, boldness, audaciousness, temerity, arrogance, egotism, front, presumptuousness, pertness, forwardness; cockiness, shamelessness, insolence, impudence, bumptiousness, impertinence, effrontery, face, cheek, cheekiness, gall; rudeness, incivility, impoliteness, disrespect, disrespectfulness, familiarity, freshness• archaic assumption
- I can't convince people there is a God and I really have no desire to, except in moments of arrogant presumption that somehow my knowledge is better than that of others.
- Which will probably teach me something about arrogance and presumption.
- It is one thing to seek to excuse Machiavelli's cynicism and cruelty on the grounds that he was a man of his time - a victim as well as an architect of Renaissance arrogance and presumption.
Middle English: from Old French presumpcion, from Latin praesumptio(n-) 'anticipation', from the verb praesumere (see presume).