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as in: presumption of innocence Define
something thought of as true without proof
  • A man in shirt sleeves, presumably Del Snafflin the proprietor, shaving a man who had a large Adam’s apple.
  • Bea was out this afternoon—presumably drinking coffee and talking about "fellows" with her cousin Tina.

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  • Not till he had climbed to his office and found another sign on the door, another Dr. Kennicott inside, would he understand that something curious had presumably happened.
  • Therefore all men who succeed in painting in Paris or in finance in New York at last become weary of smart women, return to their native towns, assert that cities are vicious, marry their childhood sweethearts and, presumably, joyously abide in those towns until death.

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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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unspecified meaning
  • "Why, really——I presume that he’s in Minneapolis."
  • You presume!

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  • He clamored, "Presume!
  • And their wives I says to them, "Tain’t my affair to decide what you should or should not do with your teachers,’ I says, ’and I ain’t presuming to dictate in any way, shape, manner, or form.

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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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