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Presumptuous; arrogant.
On the assumption that; supposing: Assuming the house is for sale, would you buy it?

as·sum′ing·ly adv.


expecting too much; presumptuous; arrogant
(often foll by that) if it is assumed or taken for granted (that): even assuming he understands the problem, he will never take any action.


(əˈsu mɪŋ)

taking too much for granted; presumptuous.
as•sum′ing•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.assuming - excessively forward; "an assumptive person"; "on a subject like this it would be too assuming for me to decide"; "the duchess would not put up with presumptuous servants"
forward - used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline"


conjunction if, provided, providing, allowing, whether, admitting, supposing, granting, whenever, in case, wherever, on the assumption that, on condition that Assuming you're right, there's not much I can do about it.


References in classic literature ?
We have only, therefore, to notice how they are collected together, and we can then keep the collection without assuming any "real" table as distinct from the collection.
I protested, as a matter of form, against Admiral Bartram's solicitor assuming a position of authority at Baliol Cottage.
M'Dougal undertook to comply; assuming the whole management of the negotiation in virtue of the power vested in him, in case of the non-arrival of Mr.
Critics, he says, jump at certain groundless conclusions; they pass adverse judgment and then proceed to reason on it; and, assuming that the poet has said whatever they happen to think, find fault if a thing is inconsistent with their own fancy.
If we compare the stable stationary series with series 71--both of which assume nil net migration, but with the former assuming a TFR of 2.
I assume anything people moving to the country can do to better understand what they are assuming will help them.
The dissenter must be honored with a platform from which to speak freely, assuming she is not merely being obstreperous.
Even if the buyer is not assuming any of these liabilities, to the extent that they might taint the practice, the buyer can and will use these problems to negotiate a price reduction or, in the extreme situation, withdraw from the transaction.
For example, rather than assuming that all the options are exercised if the stock price reaches a selected multiple of the exercise price, a lattice model also can permit the assumption that only a certain percentage of outstanding options are exercised.
The remediation time for the HEPA/vaccine plan was computed by assuming that 1,000 Hazmat workers (using level C protection) are available to perform remediation 10 h per day, which is [approximately equal to] 3 times larger than the labor force used at the Brentwood and Hart buildings, and that 200 samplers can each perform 24 samples in 4 h plus have 6 h for donning and removing protective gear, rest, and rehydration.
For example, a product seller might charge one price for each of the first ten units it sells and a lower price for each of the next ten units sold, assuming a total of twenty units are sold.
However, assuming away the law of demand hardly qualifies as economic research.