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1. Based on a presumption; presumed: the party's presumptive nominee.
2. Providing a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance: presumptive evidence.
3. Usage Problem Presumptuous: presumptive behavior.
Usage Note: Presumptive is sometimes used with the meaning of "arrogant, presumptuous," as in It was very presumptive of you to speak to the senator in such an offhand manner. The Usage Panel overwhelmingly disapproves of this usage, with 83 percent rejecting the previous sentence and a similar example as well in our 2009 survey.
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1. based on presumption or probability
2. affording reasonable ground for belief
3. (Biology) of or relating to embryonic tissues that become differentiated into a particular tissue or organ: presumptive epidermis.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. affording ground for presumption: presumptive evidence.
2. based on likelihood or presumption: the presumptive heir.
3. regarded as such by presumption; based on inference.
4. pertaining to the part of an embryo that, in the course of normal development, will predictably become a particular structure or region.
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|Adj.||1.||presumptive - having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance; "the presumptive heir (or heir apparent)"|
|2.||presumptive - affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance; "presumptive evidence"; "a strong presumptive case is made out"|
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1. assumed, believed, expected, understood, supposed, odds-on, hypothetical, inferred the heir presumptive
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. Based on probability or presumption:
Idiom: taken for granted.
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A. ADJ [heir] → presunto
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