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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
  • It’s a little presumptuous, you know—offering a present to God—and unless you do it in the best way possible, it will be offensive, not reverent.
  • I hate the presumptuousness of the idea.

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  • You’re as innocent and presumptuous as an emperor.
  • Oh, I’m much more presumptuous than that, Mr. Wynand," said Toohey gaily.
  • Austen Heller said to Roark one evening: "If I may be so presumptuous, I think you need advice, Howard.
  • You presumptuous bastard!

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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
  • What infernal impudence made you presume that I’d want you?
  • When he answered, he heard them say: "Oh, yes, indeed," and he saw the conscious politeness of their manner tell him that he was an architect by presumption.

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  • I presumed to come here because I felt it was my duty to give you my opinion.
  • Did you think I’d allow you the presumption of contributing to it?
  • She made it a point to show that she would presume to claim nothing but the waste scraps of his time.
  • People could presume that his mockery was intended for the particular things they wished to mock.
  • He had presumed too much and offended Toohey; that was the reason; that was the only reason.
  • She had the quiet radiance presumed and never found in childhood: the full consciousness of certainty, of innocence, of peace.
  • He forgot that he did not allow men he hired the presumption of personal speculation upon him.
  • And I promise not to exaggerate or presume too much.

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  • Just because it feels like a presumption—the thought of handing you anything: a compliment, an idea or a fortune.
  • I presume you will want to make the structure efficiently economical in maintenance costs.
  • It was an air of inanities uttered as revelations and insolently demanding acceptance as such; an air, not of innocent presumption, but of conscious effrontery; as if the author knew the nature of his work and boasted of his power to make it appear sublime in the minds of his audience and thus destroy the capacity for the sublime within them.

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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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