presumptuous


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pre·sump·tu·ous

 (prĭ-zŭmp′cho͞o-əs)
adj.
Going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward: felt it was presumptuous of him to assume they had become friends.

[Middle English, from Old French presumptueux, from Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of praesūmptiōsus, from praesūmptiō, presumption; see presumption.]

pre·sump′tu·ous·ly adv.
pre·sump′tu·ous·ness n.

presumptuous

(prɪˈzʌmptjʊəs)
adj
1. characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward
2. an obsolete word for presumptive
preˈsumptuously adv
preˈsumptuousness n

pre•sump•tu•ous

(prɪˈzʌmp tʃu əs)

adj.
1. characterized by or showing presumption or readiness to presume; unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward.
2. Obs. presumptive.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of Latin praesūmptiōsus. See presumptive, -ous]
pre•sump′tu•ous•ly, adv.
pre•sump′tu•ous•ness, n.
syn: See bold.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.presumptuous - 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"

presumptuous

adjective pushy (informal), forward, bold, arrogant, presuming, rash, audacious, conceited, foolhardy, insolent, overweening, overconfident, overfamiliar, bigheaded (informal), uppish (Brit. informal), too big for your boots It would be presumptuous of me to give an opinion.
retiring, modest, shy, humble, timid, unassuming, bashful

presumptuous

adjective
Translations
قَليل الحَياء، وَقِح، مُتَجاسِر
drzý
indbildsk
elbizakodott
djarfur, ósvífinn
haddini bilmezküstah

presumptuous

[prɪˈzʌmptjʊəs] ADJatrevido
in that I was rather presumptuousen eso fui algo atrevido
it would be presumptuous of me to express an opinionsería osado por mi parte expresar una opinión

presumptuous

[prɪˈzʌmptʃʊəs] adjprésomptueux/euse

presumptuous

adj person, remarkanmaßend, unverschämt, dreist; (in connection with one’s abilities) → überheblich, anmaßend, vermessen (geh); behaviouranmaßend, unverschämt; ideaanmaßend, vermessen, großspurig; it would be presumptuous of me to …es wäre eine Anmaßung von mir, zu …

presumptuous

[prɪˈzʌmptjʊəs] adjpresuntuoso/a

presume

(prəˈzjuːm) verb
1. to believe that something is true without proof; to take for granted. When I found the room empty, I presumed that you had gone home; `Has he gone?' `I presume so.'
2. to be bold enough (to act without the right, knowledge etc to do so). I wouldn't presume to advise someone as clever as you.
preˈsumably adverb
I presume. She's not in her office – presumably she went home early.
preˈsumption (-ˈzamp-) noun
1. something presumed. She married again, on the presumption that her first husband was dead.
2. unsuitable boldness, eg in one's behaviour towards another person.
preˈsumptuous (-ˈzamptjuəs) , ((American) -ˈzamptʃuəs) adjective
impolitely bold.
preˈsumptuousness noun
References in classic literature ?
The deity predicted certain disaster to the presumptuous mortal who laid hands on the sacred gem, and to all of his house and name who received it after him.
But being upheld by powers, to which the human mind cannot reach, I shall speak no more of them, because, being exalted and maintained by God, it would be the act of a presumptuous and rash man to discuss them.
Harriet was a little distresseddid look a little foolish at first: but having once owned that she had been presumptuous and silly, and selfdeceived, before, her pain and confusion seemed to die away with the words, and leave her without a care for the past, and with the fullest exultation in the present and future; for, as to her friend's approbation, Emma had instantly removed every fear of that nature, by meeting her with the most unqualified congratulations.
The French,'' said the Templar, raising his voice with the presumptuous and authoritative tone which he used upon all occasions, ``is not only the natural language of the chase, but that of love and of war, in which ladies should be won and enemies defied.
Repeatedly have these presumptuous slaves flouted the majesty of your jeddak.
It is a strange thing to see, that the boldness of advocates should prevail with judges; whereas they should imitate God, in whose seat they sit; who represseth the presumptuous, and giveth grace to the modest.
I am not so presumptuous as to believe that,' said he, 'though you tell it me; but if it were so, I am rather particular in my notions of a companion for life, and perhaps I might not find one to suit me among the ladies you mention.
I once had seen a great Mahar freeze a presumptuous Sagoth with a look.
More than any woman I have ever met," Francis answered promptly, "and I consider your attitude towards her grossly presumptuous.
My last visit had been to return the book she had lent me; and then it was that, in casually discussing the poetry of Sir Walter Scott, she had expressed a wish to see 'Marmion,' and I had conceived the presumptuous idea of making her a present of it, and, on my return home, instantly sent for the smart little volume I had this morning received.
And to be sure, if I may be so presumptuous as to offer my poor opinion, there is young Mr Blifil, who, besides that he is come of honest parents, and will be one of the greatest squires all hereabouts, he is to be sure, in my poor opinion, a more handsomer and a more politer man by half; and besides, he is a young gentleman of a sober character, and who may defy any of the neighbours to say black is his eye; he follows no dirty trollops, nor can any bastards be laid at his door.
Dorothea checked herself suddenly with self-rebuke for the presumptuous way in which she was reckoning on uncertain events, but she was spared any inward effort to change the direction of her thoughts by the appearance of a cantering horseman round a turning of the road.