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Capable of being presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster.

pre·sum′a·bly adv.


able to be presumed or taken for granted


(prɪˈzu mə bəl)

capable of being presumed or taken for granted; probable.
pre•sum′a•bly, adv.
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Adj.1.presumable - capable of being inferred on slight grounds
thinkable - capable of being conceived or imagined or considered


Based on probability or presumption:
Idiom: taken for granted.


References in classic literature ?
Then it came over me that, in spite of Flora's presumable sequestration from the instant of her return from the pool, it might already be too late.
And, not to speak of the highly presumable difference of contour between a young sucking whale and a full-grown Platonian Leviathan; yet, even in the case of one of those young sucking whales hoisted to a ship's deck, such is then the outlandish, eel-like, limbered, varying shape of him, that his precise expression the devil himself could not catch.
As strangers in the land, it is presumable that they wisely and honorably avoided entangling themselves in the political contentions involved with it.
This would be the more likely to take place, as the delinquencies of the larger members might be expected sometimes to proceed from an ambitious premeditation in their rulers, with a view to getting rid of all external control upon their designs of personal aggrandizement; the better to effect which it is presumable they would tamper beforehand with leading individuals in the adjacent States.
In the morning, sick and headachey from the gin, he crawled out to find the sun still in the sky and God presumable in heaven, for his hosts were alive and uninjured.
While readers unacquainted with French will thus miss many of the texts' subtleties (and, at times, basic meanings), those steeped in the French tradition will catch with presumable delight the survival of Rimbaud, not only in some obvious textual rewrites (like Sautreau's "On est tres serieux quand on atteint seize ans"), but also in the frenetic rhythms, dreamlike visions, and preoccupation with the marginal.
But that is presumable a small price to pay for the fortuitous new business it will gain.
Aside from the fact that the Department of Justice will not waste its time prosecuting them, such cases could be filtered out if effects are only presumable provided the defendant has sufficient business in interstate commerce.
On the contrary, it would be presumable that the weight each service attribute has in defining the overall quality, will vary over time depending on the stage of the education process.
Typically, the organization's advice, designed for everyone, had a cautious ring to it; the respondents' reports, on the other hand, provided an actual account of what highly educated (and presumable confident) older Americans did in response to a threat to their pocketbooks.
Immediately prior to the above-mentioned SADC meeting, Zambia's maverick foreign minister, Lawrence Shimba, was involved in yet another pointless controversy when in early September he perplexed London when he accused the British high commissioner of deliberately sending `negative reports' to London in a presumable conspiracy to undermine Zambia internationally.
Also, with no prospective deferred deficits to be financed, "Ricardian households" will presumable lower their apparent savings - the extent of fall in their true savings will depend on the extent to which the reduction in federal deficit is financed by lower public spending as opposed to higher taxes.