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presumptuous
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Atlas Shrugged
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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
  • Aren’t you being presumptuous?
  • What is this presumptuous little bit of rail, which crude materialists are so proud of building-compared to that eternal grandeur?

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  • I want you to know that I know you should refuse me, but I want to ask it just the same . and . and if it’s presumptuous, then just tell me to go to hell.

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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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unspecified meaning
  • I am sorry if I have offended you by what you may rightly consider as a presumption.
  • I presume he wanted the bigger salary he could hope to obtain from a private employer.

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  • The movement suggested a strict formality, the denial of any attempt at presumption-but it stressed the intimacy of the fact that he uttered no word of greeting or explanation.
  • Do you presume to hold opinions on when and how the government should choose to announce its policies?
  • The boy’s head dropped on Rearden’s shoulder, hesitantly, almost as if this were a presumption.
  • I know that admitting it now, doesn’t make up for it, and even coming here is only another presumption, there’s no reason why you should want to hear it, so I can’t even cancel the debt, I can only ask for a favorthat you let me say the things I want to say to you.
  • When I spoke to you at my wedding, I thought that I was defending greatness and attacking its enemy . but it was in reverse . it was in such horrible, unbelievable reverse! . So I wanted to tell you that I know the truth . not so much for your sake, I have no right to presume that you’d care, but . but for the sake of the things I loved.

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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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