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presumptuous -- as in: he is presumptuous
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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
  • She is pushy and presumptuous. I can’t stand to be around her.
  • Her presumption is intolerable.
  • the duchess would not put up with presumptuous servants
  • Of course, I could not have expressed this view to Mr Farraday without embarking upon what might have seemed a presumptuous speech.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day

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  • You will, I am sure, excuse my presumption
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I think he realizes that his presumptuous little flirtation is over.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It would have seemed presumptuous.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Molly holds her breath, her heart thumping, aware that she’s being presumptuous, if not downright rude.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • ůmakes me think about later tonight when it’s time for you to leave and whether or not you plan to kiss me and I’m the type of person who hates surprises so I can’t stop feeling awkward about it because I do want you to kiss me and this may be presumptuous of me, but I sort of think you want to kiss me, too, and so I was thinking how much easier it would be if we just went ahead and kissed already so you can go back to cooking dinner and I can stop trying to mentally map out how ourů
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I thought it would be kind of presumptuous to expect you to sleep with me on the first date.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • After these months and the momentary advantage she had been given, it would be more self-defeating to continue to play the torpid tongue-tied slave than to appear presumptuous, even if it involved the serious additional hazard of being thought actually insolent.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I wasn’t presumptuous enough to think even half of them revolved around me.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Well, as you know, I am in charge of private home sales, and I hope it’s not presumptuous of me to think you might be in the market for a home here in the King Abdullah Economic City.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He is indeed presumptuous, and getting above himself; and nothing less than a flogging will do for him.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • It was presumptuous of me to just show up and ask you to drop everything.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • They were reckless, puerile, congenial, naive, presumptuous, deferential and rambunctious.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That would be too presumptuous.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • —I was too presumptuous.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I know it is presumptuous to compare my small life to hers, but I have reason to believe she wouldn’t mind; I will get to that.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • We were maids and farmers, handymen and washerwomen, and anything higher that we aspired to was farcical and presumptuous.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I was sure that I’d made a mistake, that I’d been self-indulgent and presumptuous and insulting, and that I’d never hear back from him.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • I know this declaration is presumptuous, and that it’s quite sudden, but it’s so hard to get near you that I decided to tell you tonight.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • It was presumptuous of me to even suggest another school.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Aren’t you being presumptuous?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I heard some news from Ikki (his quills make him presumptuous) of a man-thing that was entered into a wolf pack, but I did not believe.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • "That would be extremely presumptuous of you," said Merlin, "and you would be conquered, and you would suffer for it."
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • If it is not too presumptuous, I would ask a boon on behalf of my king and my clan, as was the custom between our people.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Don’t be so presumptuous!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I let myself think ONCE, ’What if I should come out first?’ quakingly, you know, for it seemed so vain and presumptuous to think I could lead the Island.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • I couldn’t withhold giving some loose to my indignation; but Catherine angrily insisted on silence, and threatened to order me out of the kitchen, if I dared to be so presumptuous as to put in my insolent tongue.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I find thou hast the most consummate effrontery to dare to mention so presumptuous a design!
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • If the King finds out you’re not a lady, you will be taken by the police to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The remembrance of the scene at St. Germain presented itself to the mind of the presumptuous Gascon.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • While Prince Andrew went to report about the purple-faced general, that gentleman—evidently not sharing Boris’ conception of the advantages of the unwritten code of subordination—looked so fixedly at the presumptuous lieutenant who had prevented his finishing what he had to say to the adjutant that Boris felt uncomfortable.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This was blasphemous doctrine for a slave to teach; presumptuous in him, and dangerous to the masters.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • You are presumptuous.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • I know it’s presumptuous to think that you’d want to talk to someone like me’but I think if I’d known someone like you when I was in high school, my life would have been different, and maybe it’s never too late????
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It resembled the effort of those presumptuous souls who wanted to walk on the pavements of Heaven and built the Tower of Babel to get there.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • "That would be extremely presumptuous of you," said Merlyn, "and you would be conquered, and you would suffer for it."
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I climbed into the rickshaw with my mother in it, which displeased Amah, because this was presumptuous behavior on my part and also because Amah loved me better than her own.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • The words of doom cried by the angel shattered in an instant his presumptuous peace.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Obviously each family possessed the strip of sand immediately in front of its umbrella; besides there was much visiting and talking back and forth—the atmosphere of a community upon which it would be presumptuous to intrude.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • ’Dear Agnes,’ I said, ’it is presumptuous for me, who am so poor in all in which you are so rich — goodness, resolution, all noble qualities — to doubt or direct you; but you know how much I love you, and how much I owe you.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Indeed I must confess, that as to the people of Lilliput, Brobdingrag (for so the word should have been spelt, and not erroneously Brobdingnag), and Laputa, I have never yet heard of any Yahoo so presumptuous as to dispute their being, or the facts I have related concerning them; because the truth immediately strikes every reader with conviction.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • No man upon pain of death might be so presumptuous as to approach the Mountain where God talked with Moses.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And as I know that many have written on this point, I expect I shall be considered presumptuous in mentioning it again, especially as in discussing it I shall depart from the methods of other people.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • "Do you think I’m a presumptuous fool?"
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Poor Dolly’s exposition of her simple Raveloe theology fell rather unmeaningly on Silas’s ears, for there was no word in it that could rouse a memory of what he had known as religion, and his comprehension was quite baffled by the plural pronoun, which was no heresy of Dolly’s, but only her way of avoiding a presumptuous familiarity.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • But it seems such a terribly tragic thing to bring beings into the world—so presumptuous—that I question my right to do it sometimes!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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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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