Presumptive
Presumptive Pre*sump"tive, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]somptif.] 1. Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable evidence; probable; as, presumptive proof. [1913 Webster]

2. Presumptuous; arrogant. [R.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

{Presumptive evidence} (Law), that which is derived from circumstances which necessarily or usually attend a fact, as distinct from direct evidence or positive proof; indirect or circumstantial evidence. ``Presumptive evidence of felony should be cautiously admitted.'' --Blackstone. The distinction, however, between direct and presumptive (or circumstantial) evidence is now generally abandoned; all evidence being now more or less direct and more or less presumptive.

{Presumptive heir}. See {Heir presumptive}, under {Heir}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Presumptive — may refer to: * Heir presumptive, a person who is expected to inherit a throne, peerage, or other hereditary honor, but their position can be displaced by the birth of another person with a better claim to the position * Presumptive nominee, a… …   Wikipedia

  • presumptive — [prē zump′tiv, prizump′tiv] adj. [Fr présomptif < LL praesumptivus < L praesumptus: see PRESUMPTION] 1. giving reasonable ground for belief [presumptive evidence] 2. based on probability; presumed [an heir presumptive] presumptively adv …   English World dictionary

  • presumptive — (adj.) speculative, mid 15c., from Fr. présomptif, from L.L. praesumptivus, from L. praesumptus, from praesumere (see PRESUME (Cf. presume)). The heir presumptive (1620s) is presumed to be the heir if the heir apparent is unavailable …   Etymology dictionary

  • presumptive — adjective a) Based on presumption, probability, conjecture, hypothesis or belief By late May, he was already considered his partys presumptive nominee. b) making presumptions; behaving as one who presumes, who assumes that which they perhaps… …   Wiktionary

  • presumptive — adjective Date: 15th century 1. based on probability or presumption < the presumptive nominee > 2. giving grounds for reasonable opinion or belief 3. being an embryonic precursor with the potential for forming a particular structure or tissue in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • presumptive — presumptively, adv. /pri zump tiv/, adj. 1. affording ground for presumption: presumptive evidence. 2. based on presumption: a presumptive title. 3. regarded as such by presumption; based on inference. 4. Embryol. pertaining to the part of an… …   Universalium

  • presumptive — pre·sump·tive pri zəm(p) tiv adj 1) expected to develop in a particular direction under normal conditions <presumptive regions of the blastula> 2) being the embryonic precursor of <presumptive neural tissue> * * * pre·sump·tive (pre… …   Medical dictionary

  • presumptive —  , presumptuous  The first is sometimes used when the second is intended. Presumptuous means impudent and inclined to take liberties, or to act in a manner that is excessively bold and forthright. Presumptive means giving grounds to presume and… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • presumptive — adjective formal or technical based on a reasonable belief about what is likely to be true: a presumptive diagnosis presumptively adverb see also: heir presumptive …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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