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Franny and Zooey
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as in: presumption of innocence Define
something thought of as true without proof
  • ZOOEY THE facts at hand presumably speak for themselves, but a trifle more vulgarly, I suspect, than facts even usually do.
  • Year after year, plainly, all seven scrapbooks stood ready to be perused or pored over by old close friends of the family and casual visitors alike, as well as, presumably, the odd part-time cleaning woman.

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  • Tears, presumably, were imminent, if not already on the way.
  • Some six weeks later, a long-distance call came through from Boston at eleven-thirty at night, with much dropping of small coins in an ordinary pay phone, and an unidentified voice—with no intention, presumably, of sounding pedantically waggish—informed Mr. and Mrs. Glass that their son Zooey, at twelve, had an English vocabulary on an exact par with Mary Baker Eddy’s, if he could be urged to use it.
  • In an instant, he turned pale—pale with anxiety for Franny’s condition, and pale, presumably, because failure had suddenly filled the room with its invariably sickening smell.

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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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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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