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presumptuous

Definition:

excessively forward

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

presumptuously

Comparative:

more presumptuous

Superlative:

most presumptuous

Similar to:

forward

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

the duchess wouldn't put up with presumptuous servants

Synonyms:

assuming | assumptive

Etymology:

Old French presuntuex (12th century; Mod.French presomptueux), from Late Latin...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

presumptuous | presumptive [obsolete, sense-specific] | bold [synonym, sense-specific] | forward [synonym, sense-specific] | presumptuously [adverb, derived]

characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; forward | an obsolete word for "presumptive" (14 of 418 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

presumptuous | bold [synonym] | familiar [synonym] | forward [synonym] | free [synonym] | immodest [synonym] | overfamiliar [synonym] | presuming [synonym] | assumptive [presumptuous] | ...

overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties (10 of 319 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

presumptuous | presuming [archaic] | presumptuously [derived] | presumptuousness [derived]

(of a person or their behaviour) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate (17 of 95 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

presumptuous | presumptuously [adverb, derived] | presumptuousness [noun, derived]

A person who is presumptuous shows little respect for others by doing things they have no right to do (19 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

presumptuous

showing too much confidence and not enough respect (8 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

presumptuous | presumptuously [adverb, related] | presumptuousness [noun, related]

too bold or forward; taking too much for granted; showing overconfidence, arrogance, or effrontery (14 of 37 words, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

presumptuous | presumptuously [adverb, related] | presumptuousness [noun, related]

Going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward. (9 of 36 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

presumptuous | presuming | presumptive [obsolete, synonym, sense-specific]

full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought. | unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward. | ... (20 of 29 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

presumptuous | præsumptuous [archaic] | overconfident [synonym] | foolhardy [synonym] | rash [synonym] | presuming [synonym] | forward [synonym] | arrogant [synonym] | insolent [synonym] | ...

Going beyond what is right or proper because of an excess of self-confidence or arrogance. (15 of 24 words, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Forward [disambiguation]

may refer to: Forward (surname) | Relative direction, where forward is the opposite of backward | Forward (association football) | Forward (basketball), including Point forward | Power forward (basketball) | Small forward | Forward (ice hockey) Power ... (31 of 420 words, 38 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

presumptuous

inconsiderate, disrespectful, or overconfident, especially in doing something when not entitled or qualified to do it (16 of 43 words, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

presumptuous

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French presuntuex (12th century; Mod.French presomptueux), from Late Latin praesumptuosus (5th century), variant of ... (17 of 21 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

presumptuous

Origin: Middle English: from Old French presumptueux, from late Latin praesumptuosus, variant of praesumptiosus "full of boldness", from ... (17 of 20 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

presumptuous

Origin: Middle English, from Old French presumptueux, from Late Latin praesūmptuōsus, variant of praesūmptiōsus, from praesūmptiō, ... (15 of 18 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

presumptuous

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French presumptious, from Late Latin praesumptuosus, irregular from praesumptio (see presume)

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New World Dictionary:

presumptuous

Origin: Middle English from Old French presunteux from Late Latin praesumptuosus from Latin praesumptus: see "presumption"

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Wiktionary:

presumptuous | præsumptuous [archaic]

Origin: Latin praesumptuosus. Compare presumption, French présomptueux, Old French presumptuous.

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Encarta Dictionary:

presumptuous

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from late Latin praesumptuosus from Latin praesumere

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

presumptuous

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Cambridge Dictionary:

presumptuous

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "presumptuous"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

presumptuous

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

presumptuous

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the Free Dictionary:

presumptuous

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Google Dictionary:

presumptuous

Audio: English pronunciation of "presumptuous"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

presumptuous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "presumptuous"

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YourDictionary Audio:

presumptuous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "presumptuous" by speech synthesizer

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