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Webster 1913 Edition


Presumptuous

Pre-sump′tu-ous

(?; 135)
,
Adj.
[L.
praesumptuosus
: cf. F.
présomptueux
, OF. also
presumptuous
. See
Presumption
.]
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.
Syn. – Overconfident; foolhardy; rash; presuming; forward; arrogant; insolent.

Webster 1828 Edition


Presumptuous

PRESUMP'TUOUS

, a.
1.
Bold and confident to excess; adventuring without reasonable ground of success; hazarding safety on too slight grounds; rash; applied to persons; as a presumptuous commander.
There is a class of presumptuous men whom age has not made cautious, nor adversity wise.
2.
Founded on presumption; proceeding from excess of confidence; applied to things; as presumptuous hope.
3.
Arrogant; insolent; as a presumptuous priest.
Presumptuous pride.
4.
Unduly confident; irreverent with respect to sacred things.
5.
Willful; done with bold design, rash confidence or in violation of known duty; as a presumptuous sin.

Definition 2021


presumptuous

presumptuous

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presumptuous (comparative more presumptuous, superlative most presumptuous)

  1. Going beyond what is right, proper, or appropriate because of an excess of self-confidence or arrogance.

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