Definition of presumptive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈzʌmptɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzʌmptɪv//
[usually before noun] (formal or specialist)
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likely to be true, based on the facts that are available a presumptive diagnosis of bowel cancer see also heir presumptive Word Originlate Middle English: from French présomptif, -ive, from late Latin praesumptivus, from praesumpt- ‘taken before’, from the verb praesumere ‘anticipate’ (in late Latin ‘take for granted’), from prae ‘before’ + sumere ‘take’.
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