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presumptuous
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Candide
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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
  • I find thou hast the most consummate effrontery to dare to mention so presumptuous a design!

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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
  • "May I presume to ask you, sir," said Candide, "whether you do not receive a great deal of pleasure from reading Horace?"
  • All that I can presume to say is, that there are millions of people upon earth who have a hundred times more to complain of than King Charles Edward, the Emperor Ivan, or the Sultan Achmet.

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  • I am entirely ignorant of the event you mention; I presume in general that they who meddle with the administration of public affairs die sometimes miserably, and that they deserve it; but I never trouble my head about what is transacting at Constantinople; I content myself with sending there for sale the fruits of the garden which I cultivate.

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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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