Presumptuous Pre*sump"tu*ous (?; 135), a. [L. praesumptuosus: cf. F. pr['e]somptueux, 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. [1913 Webster]

A class of presumptuous men, whom age has not made cautious, nor adversity wise. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

2. Founded on presumption; as, a presumptuous idea. ``False, presumptuous hope.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Overconfident; foolhardy; rash; presuming; forward; arrogant; insolent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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