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ASSUMPTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Assumption mean? 

ASSUMPTION (noun)
  The noun ASSUMPTION has 7 senses:

1. a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
2. a hypothesis that is taken for granted
3. the act of taking possession of or power over something
4. celebration in the Roman Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Dormition in the Eastern Orthodox church
5. audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
6. (Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended
7. the act of assuming or taking for granted

  Familiarity information: ASSUMPTION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASSUMPTION (noun)


Sense 1assumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

assumption; premise; premiss

Context example:

on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play

Hypernyms ("assumption" is a kind of...):

posit; postulate ((logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assumption"):

scenario (a postulated sequence of possible events)

condition; precondition; stipulation (an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else)

thesis (an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument)

minor premise; minor premiss; subsumption (the premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term (which is the subject of the conclusion))

major premise; major premiss (the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion))


Sense 2assumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hypothesis that is taken for granted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

supposal; assumption; supposition

Context example:

any society is built upon certain assumptions

Hypernyms ("assumption" is a kind of...):

hypothesis; possibility; theory (a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assumption"):

conclusion (an intuitive assumption)

base; basis; cornerstone; foundation; fundament; groundwork (the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained)

given; precondition; presumption (an assumption that is taken for granted)

basic assumption; constatation; self-evident truth (an assumption that is basic to an argument)


Sense 3assumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of taking possession of or power over something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

laying claim; assumption

Context examples:

his assumption of office coincided with the trouble in Cuba / the Nazi assumption of power in 1934 / he acquired all the company's assets for ten million dollars and the assumption of the company's debts

Hypernyms ("assumption" is a kind of...):

acquisition (the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something)


Sense 4Assumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Celebration in the Roman Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Dormition in the Eastern Orthodox church

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

Assumption of Mary; August 15; Assumption

Hypernyms ("Assumption" is a kind of...):

holy day of obligation (a day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion)

Holonyms ("Assumption" is a part of...):

Aug; August (the month following July and preceding September)


Sense 5assumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

effrontery; presumptuousness; presumption; assumption

Context example:

he despised them for their presumptuousness

Hypernyms ("assumption" is a kind of...):

audaciousness; audacity (aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assumption"):

uppishness; uppityness (assumption of airs beyond one's station)


Sense 6Assumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("Assumption" is a kind of...):

miracle (a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of God)

Domain category:

Christian religion; Christianity (a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior)


Sense 7assumption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of assuming or taking for granted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

your assumption that I would agree was unwarranted

Hypernyms ("assumption" is a kind of...):

act; human action; human activity (something that people do or cause to happen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assumption"):

position (the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom)


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