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Princeton's WordNet

  1. presumably, presumptivelyadverb

    by reasonable assumption

    "presumably, he missed the train"


  1. presumablyadverb

    Able to be sensibly presumed.

    Presumably, he will attend the opening

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Presumablyadverb

    Without examination.

    Etymology: from presume.

    Authors presumably writing by common places, wherein, for many years, promiscuously amassing all that make for their subject, break forth at last into useless rhapsodies. Brown.


  1. Presumably

    In the law of evidence, a presumption of a particular fact can be made without the aid of proof in some situations. The invocation of a presumption shifts the burden of proof from one party to the opposing party in a court trial. There are two types of presumption: rebuttable presumption and conclusive presumption. A rebuttable presumption is assumed true until a person proves otherwise (for example the presumption of innocence). In contrast, a conclusive (or irrebuttable) presumption cannot be refuted in any case (such as defense of infancy in some legal systems). Presumptions are sometimes categorized into two types: presumptions without basic facts, and presumptions with basic facts. In the United States, mandatory presumptions are impermissible in criminal cases, but permissible presumptions are allowed. An example of presumption without basic facts is presumption of innocence.An example of presumption with basic facts is Declared death in absentia, e.g., the law says if a person has been missing for seven years or more (basic fact), that person is presumed dead.


  1. presumably

    Presumably is an adverb that is used to convey that you assume or suppose something is true based on the information or evidence that is available, even though you do not know for certain. It implies a level of probability or likely accuracy, but acknowledges the possibility of being incorrect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presumablyadverb

    in a presumable manner; by, or according to, presumption

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presumably' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3344

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presumably' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1413

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presumably' in Adverbs Frequency: #231

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of presumably in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of presumably in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of presumably in a Sentence

  1. Mark Geragos:

    Presumably, there's going to be evidence that he used the card before, and he's going to claim, presumably, that he didn't know anything had happened to her -- that they had they had mixed their funds, and their funds were fungible.

  2. Capital Economics:

    Presumably any worries about the effect of the Greek crisis on the German economy were offset by expectations of ECB quantitative easing and hopes of a boost to exports from the weakening euro.

  3. Mark Geragos:

    Presumably he's got more facts than we do, presumably, he's talked to his client … and he knows things that we may not know.

  4. Stanley Garn:

    If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.

  5. Sam Giles:

    Presumably, the jaw is in a middle of the river somewhere in Siberia.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. suspicious
    • B. cosmopolitan
    • C. witless
    • D. aligned

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