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The House of Mirth
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as in: presumption of innocence Define
something thought of as true without proof
  • She understood only that before her lay a letter written by Bertha Dorset, and addressed, presumably, to Lawrence Selden.
  • The quality of Mrs. Bry’s hospitality, and of the tips her husband had presumably imparted, lent to the manner of the English ladies a general effusiveness which shed the rosiest light over their hostess’s future.

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  • She had first imagined some physical shock, some peril of the crowded streets, since Lily was presumably on her way home from Carry Fisher’s; but she now saw that other nerve-centres were smitten, and her mind trembled back from conjecture.
  • Why had she been writing to Trenor—writing, presumably, just after their parting of the previous evening?

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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
  • The collective nature of her interests exempted her from the ordinary rivalries of her sex, and she knew no more personal emotion than that of hatred for the woman who presumed to give bigger dinners or have more amusing house-parties than herself.
  • And I ain’t talking to you as if you were—I presume I know the kind of talk that’s expected under those circumstances.

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  • But I presume he was too stylish for me—he travelled for the firm, and had seen a great deal of 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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