Definition of presumptuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈzʌm(p)tʃʊəs/


(Of a person or their behaviour) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate: I hope I won’t be considered presumptuous if I offer some advice
More example sentences
  • 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, egotistical, overbold, bold, audacious, pert, forward, familiar, impertinent, fresh, free, insolent, impudent, cocksure;
cheeky, rude, impolite, uncivil, bumptious;
overhasty, hasty, premature, previous, precipitate, impetuous
informal cocky
North American informal sassy
archaic presumptive, assumptive



Pronunciation: /prɪˈzʌm(p)tʃʊəsli/
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: /prɪˈzʌm(p)tʃʊəsnəs/
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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