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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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presumption
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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as in: presumption of innocence Define
something thought of as true without proof
  • Nor did one know what became of them, apart from the few who were hanged as war-criminals: the others simply vanished, presumably into forced-labour camps.
  • Presumably — since he had sometimes seen her with oily hands and carrying a spanner she had some mechanical job on one of the novel-writing machines.

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  • Presumably she had been changed on to a later shift.
  • Presumably she could be trusted to find a safe place.
  • You are young, so presumably you’re more afraid of it than I am.
  • Soon he was within arm’s length of the girl, but the way was blocked by an enormous prole and an almost equally enormous woman, presumably his wife, who seemed to form an impenetrable wall of flesh.
  • Presumably he was in the Ministry of Love, but there was no way of making certain.

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  • I presumed she was an expert since she spoke so confidently.
  • The presumption of innocence does no prevent holding a defendant thought to be a danger to society.

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as in: presumption of innocence Define
something thought of as true without proof
as in: he is presumptuous Define
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled -- such as being too familiar or too bossy
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