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Presume vs Assumed - What's the difference?

presume | assumed |

As verbs the difference between presume and assumed

is that presume is while assumed is (assume).

As an adjective assumed is

used in a manner intended to deceive; fictitious.



Alternative forms

* (archaic)


  • Don't make the decision yourself and presume too much.
  • With infinitive object: to be so presumptuous as (to do something) without proper authority or permission.
  • I wouldn't presume to tell him how to do his job.
  • To assume to be true (without proof); to take for granted, to suppose.
  • * 2011 , John Patterson, The Guardian , 5 Feb 2011:
  • If we presume that human cloning may one day become a mundane, everyday reality, then maybe it's time to start thinking more positively about our soon-to-arrive genetically engineered pseudo-siblings.
  • To be presumptuous; with (on), (upon), to take advantage (of), to take liberties (with).
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 75:
  • Piliso then vented his anger on us, accusing us of lying to him. He said we had presumed on his hospitality and the good name of the regent.


    * Paw prints in the snow presume a visit from next door's cat. * Dr. Livingstone, I presume ?


    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * presumed perpetrator


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  • (assume)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Used in a manner intended to deceive; fictitious.
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  • Supposed or presumed.
  • Derived terms

    * assumed name