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pre·sum·ing

 (prĭ-zo͞o′mĭng)
adj.
Having or showing excessive and arrogant self-confidence; presumptuous.

pre·sum′ing·ly adv.

pre•sum•ing

(prɪˈzu mɪŋ)

adj.
presumptuous.
[1575–85]
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Presuming on his disguise, and his ability to sustain the character he had assumed, he took the most plain and direct route to the place.
Our story must therefore await Miss Hepzibah at the threshold of her chamber; only presuming, meanwhile, to note some of the heavy sighs that labored from her bosom, with little restraint as to their lugubrious depth and volume of sound, inasmuch as they could be audible to nobody save a disembodied listener like ourself.
Sperm Whale Fishery) to his visiting card, such a procedure would be deemed pre-eminently presuming and ridiculous.
All fled in different directions, except Sambo, who, presuming on the favor which the keeper had to him as a licensed wag, stood his ground, ducking his head with a facetious grin, whenever the master made a dive at him.
He naturally wanted to know where I came from, and what brought me there; and, when I had told him, I asked him in my turn how he came there, presuming him to be an honest an, of course; and as the world goes, I believe he was.
Elton appeared to her on this second interview, such she appeared whenever they met again,selfimportant, presuming, familiar, ignorant, and illbred.
I sobbed and wept so that my eyes were almost blind; and the ruffian you have such sympathy with stood opposite: presuming every now and then to bid me "wisht," and denying that it was his fault; and, finally, frightened by my assertions that I would tell papa, and that he should be put in prison and hanged, he commenced blubbering himself, and hurried out to hide his cowardly agitation.
The only excuse which a poor gentleman has for presuming to exist in the nineteenth century, is the excuse of extraordinary ability.
Without presuming to give my opinion on this question, I delivered my message.