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presumptuous adj : excessively forward; "an assumptive person"; "on a subject like this it would be too assuming for me to decide"; "the duchess would not put up with presumptuous servants" [syn: assumptive, assuming]

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  1. Full of presumption; presuming; overconfident or venturesome; audacious; rash; taking liberties unduly; arrogant; insolent; as, a presumptuous commander; presumptuous conduct.
    A class of presumptuous men, whom age has not made cautious, nor adversity wise. -Buckminster.
  2. Founded on presumption; as, a presumptuous idea. False, presumptuous hope." Milton.
  3. Done with hold design, rash confidence, or in violation of known duty; willful.
    ''Keep back the servant also from presumptuous sins." Ps. xix. 13.



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