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as in: he is presumptuous Define
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled -- such as being too familiar or too bossy
  • Harriet was a little distressed—did look a little foolish at first: but having once owned that she had been presumptuous and silly, and self-deceived, 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.

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  • She is pushy and presumptuous. I can’t stand to be around her.
  • Her presumption is intolerable.

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  • He might have doubled his presumption to me—but poor Harriet!
  • —look down upon her friend, so well understanding the gradations of rank below him, and be so blind to what rose above, as to fancy himself shewing no presumption in addressing her!

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  • I met the letters in my way this morning, and seeing my son’s hand, presumed to open it—though it was not directed to me—it was to Mrs. Weston.
  • The regular and best families Emma could hardly suppose they would presume to invite— neither Donwell, nor Hartfield, nor Randalls.
  • Such as Mrs. Elton appeared to her on this second interview, such she appeared whenever they met again,—self-important, presuming, familiar, ignorant, and ill-bred.
  • You have scolded me too much for match-making, for me to presume to take such a liberty with you.
  • The thing is determined, that is (laughing affectedly) as far as I can presume to determine any thing without the concurrence of my lord and master.
  • "You have heard of a certain Frank Churchill, I presume," he continued—"and know him to be my son, though he does not bear my name."
  • He will find an addition to the society of Highbury when he comes again; that is, if I may presume to call myself an addition.
  • But she had made up her mind how to meet this presumption so many weeks before it appeared, that when the insult came at last, it found her very differently affected.

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  • "It is a great pleasure where one can indulge in it," said the young man, "though there are not many houses that I should presume on so far; but in coming home I felt I might do any thing."
  • There was always sufficient reason for such an attention; Mrs. and Miss Bates loved to be called on, and she knew she was considered by the very few who presumed ever to see imperfection in her, as rather negligent in that respect, and as not contributing what she ought to the stock of their scanty comforts.
  • That is, I presume it to be so on her side, and I can answer for its being so on his.
  • Miss Woodhouse, believe me I have not the presumption to suppose— Indeed I am not so mad.
  • How Harriet could ever have had the presumption to raise her thoughts to Mr. Knightley!
  • — When the suggestions of hope, however, which must follow here, presented themselves, she could not presume to indulge them.
  • —Not that I presume to insinuate, however, that some people may not think you perfection already.
  • —He is a man whom I cannot presume to praise.
  • , as you will conclude, immediately opened to me the happiest prospects, I should not have presumed on such early measures, but from the very particular circumstances, which left me not an hour to lose.
  • —I am sure, but for believing that you entirely approved and meant to encourage me in my attachment, I should have considered it at first too great a presumption almost, to dare to think of him.
  • The result of this distress was, that, with a much more voluntary, cheerful consent than his daughter had ever presumed to hope for at the moment, she was able to fix her wedding-day—and Mr. Elton was called on, within a month from the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin, to join the hands of Mr. Knightley and Miss Woodhouse.
  • …busiest part of Highbury;— Mr. Perry walking hastily by, Mr. William Cox letting himself in at the office-door, Mr. Cole’s carriage-horses returning from exercise, or a stray letter-boy on an obstinate mule, were the liveliest objects she could presume to expect; and when her eyes fell only on the butcher with his tray, a tidy old woman travelling homewards from shop with her full basket, two curs quarrelling over a dirty bone, and a string of dawdling children round the baker’s little…
  • As she thought less of his inebriety, she thought more of his inconstancy and presumption; and with fewer struggles for politeness, replied, "It is impossible for me to doubt any longer.
  • "I never should have presumed to think of it at first," said she, "but for you.

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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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