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 Dictionary entry overview: What does presumptive mean? 

PRESUMPTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective PRESUMPTIVE has 2 senses:

1. having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance
2. affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance

  Familiarity information: PRESUMPTIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PRESUMPTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1presumptive [BACK TO TOP]


Having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance

Context example:

the presumptive heir (or heir apparent)


likely; probable (likely but not certain to be or become true or real)

Sense 2presumptive [BACK TO TOP]


Affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance

Context examples:

presumptive evidence / a strong presumptive case is made out


believable; credible (capable of being believed)

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