What does assumption mean?

Definitions for assumption
əˈsʌmp ʃənas·sump·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. premise, premiss, assumptionnoun

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

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

  2. assumption, supposition, supposalnoun

    a hypothesis that is taken for granted

    "any society is built upon certain assumptions"

  3. assumption, laying claimnoun

    the act of taking possession of or power over something

    "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"

  4. Assumption, Assumption of Mary, August 15noun

    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. Assumptionnoun

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

  6. presumption, presumptuousness, effrontery, assumptionnoun

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

    "he despised them for their presumptuousness"

  7. assumptionnoun

    the act of assuming or taking for granted

    "your assumption that I would agree was unwarranted"


  1. assumptionnoun

    The act of assuming, or taking to or upon one's self; the act of taking up or adopting.

    His assumption of secretarial duties was timely.

  2. assumptionnoun

    The act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof; a supposition; an unwarrantable claim.

    Their assumption of his guilt disqualified them from jury duty.

  3. assumptionnoun

    The thing supposed; a postulate, or proposition assumed; a supposition.

  4. assumptionnoun

    The minor or second proposition in a categorical syllogism.

  5. assumptionnoun

    The taking of a person up into heaven.

  6. assumptionnoun

    A festival in honor of the ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven.

  7. assumptionnoun


  8. Etymology: From assumpcioun, from assumptio and assumption; see assume.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Assumptionnoun

    Etymology: assumptio, Lat.

    The personal descent of God himself, and his assumption of our flesh to his divinity, more familiarly to insinuate his pleasure to us, was an enforcement beyond all methods of wisdom. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    These by way of assumption, under the two general propositions, are intrinsically and naturally good or bad. John Norris.

    For the assumption, that Christ did such miraculous and supernatural works, to confirm what he said, we need only repeat the message sent by him to John the Baptist. South.

    Hold, says the Stoick, your assumption’s wrong:
    I grant, true freedom you have well defin’d. John Dryden, Persius.

    Upon the feast of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin, the pope and cardinals keep the vespers. Edward Stillingfleet, on Rom. Idolat.

    Had Adam done this after a certain period of years, he would have been rewarded with an assumption to eternal felicity. William Wake, Preparation for Death.


  1. assumption

    An assumption is a belief or acceptance as true without requiring proof or evidence. It is something that is considered or thought to be true or probable, often forming the basis of an idea, theory, or conclusion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assumptionnoun

    the act of assuming, or taking to or upon one's self; the act of taking up or adopting

  2. Assumptionnoun

    the act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof; supposition; unwarrantable claim

  3. Assumptionnoun

    the thing supposed; a postulate, or proposition assumed; a supposition

  4. Assumptionnoun

    the minor or second proposition in a categorical syllogism

  5. Assumptionnoun

    the taking of a person up into heaven

  6. Assumptionnoun

    a festival in honor of the ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven

  7. Etymology: [OE. assumpcioun a taking up into heaven, L. assumptio a taking, fr. assumere: cf. F. assomption. See Assume.]


  1. Assumption

    Assumption is a small town in Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,168 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assumption

    as-sum′shun, n. act of assuming: a supposition: the thing supposed, a proposition: (logic) the minor premise in a syllogism.—Assumption of the Virgin, a church festival kept on the 15th of August, based on the notion that after the death of Mary, her soul and body were preserved from corruption and taken up to heaven by Christ and His angels.—Deed of assumption (Scots law), a deed executed by trustees under a trust-deed assuming a new trustee or settlement. [L. See Assume.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. assumption

    A supposition on the current situation or a presupposition on the future course of events, either or both assumed to be true in the absence of positive proof, necessary to enable the commander in the process of planning to complete an estimate of the situation and make a decision on the course of action.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assumption' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3173

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assumption' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4701

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assumption' in Nouns Frequency: #840

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assumption in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assumption in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of assumption in a Sentence

  1. Al Cardenas:

    I've spoken with Mitt Romney, who I consider to be a great friend and a great leader, about 2016, and I've always been under the assumption if people he trusts like Jeb Bush decide to run that he would not decide to do that.

  2. Greger Larson:

    Animal domestication is a rare thing and a lot of evidence is required to overturn the assumption that it happened just once in any species, our ancient DNA evidence, combined with the archaeological record of early dogs, suggests that we need to reconsider the number of times dogs were domesticated independently.

  3. Stephen Vizinczey:

    We now have a whole culture based on the assumption that people know nothing and so anything can be said to them.

  4. Liz Barrett:

    If you think about the evolution of oncology in the past few years, it's very competitive in each class, i think we're in an era where we make the assumption that there's going to be competition. Even if you get breakthrough therapy designation, that doesn't stop another medicine in the same class from getting breakthrough therapy.

  5. Scott Morrison:

    In fact, to make that assumption would be, I think, making a very big assumption.

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Translations for assumption

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  • افتراArabic
  • предположение, успение, приемане, допускане, Успение БогородичноBulgarian
  • předpokladCzech
  • antagelse, himmelfart, optagelse i himlen, formodningDanish
  • Auffahrt, HimmelfahrtGerman
  • asunción, suposiciónSpanish
  • Neitsyt Marian taivaaseen ottamisen päivä, olettamus, oletus, taivaaseenastuminenFinnish
  • supposition, prémisse, hypothèse, propositionFrench
  • foshuíomhIrish
  • asonpsyon, sipozisyonHaitian Creole
  • mennybemenetel, feltevésHungarian
  • assunzioneItalian
  • Mariahemelvaart, veronderstelling, hemelvaart, op zich nemen, aannameDutch
  • wniebowstąpienie, przypuszczeniePolish
  • pressuposição, suposição, pressuposto, assunçãoPortuguese
  • предполо, принятие на себя, посылка, предположениеRussian
  • அனுமானம்Tamil
  • varsayımTurkish

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