Definition of presumably in English:



  • sentence adverb Used to convey that what is asserted is very likely though not known for certain.

    ‘it was not yet ten o'clock, so presumably the boys were still at the pub’
    • ‘That we hear not even a peep from him is presumably due to the fact that too many sponsors and cronies are in on the great land scam.’
    • ‘The morphine sounds ominous, but it was presumably to alleviate the ski injury.’
    • ‘The lift wouldn't work, presumably because it was too heavy, being gold plated and all.’
    • ‘Motorcyclists are vulnerable at all times and presumably use the roads in full knowledge of this.’
    • ‘This club could attract people into the late evening and presumably the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘The series was then filmed in Warsaw, presumably because costs were lower there.’
    • ‘Persistent attempts to do so would presumably earn him the red card of expulsion from the chamber.’
    • ‘No protest at these inconsistencies, so presumably no one has a right to now.’
    • ‘It is for that reason that you would presumably assert a right to be heard this morning?’
    • ‘At least four panels and two small decorations are missing, presumably destroyed.’
    • ‘At least if we were all locked in, we presumably didn't have to be Houdini to get out.’
    • ‘Since this film is being made in Hollywood, presumably its main audience will be American.’
    • ‘Then, presumably, the state will be drafted back in to provide further subsidies.’
    • ‘This week dozens of framed prints were on sale elsewhere, presumably bankrupt stock.’
    • ‘Whether it was easier to shop is arguable, because presumably the number of staff are also at a minimum.’
    • ‘He presumably sees nothing wrong in using the police for propaganda purposes.’
    • ‘He will also be a star of Romeo And Juliet - which presumably means making more love?’
    • ‘If monetary policy were inappropriate, presumably risks would never be in balance.’
    • ‘Rewriting of history for bellicose use can also, presumably, be a very fine art.’
    i assume, i expect, i believe, i presume, i take it, i suppose, i imagine, i dare say, i would have thought, it is to be presumed, i guess, in all probability, probably, in all likelihood, all things being equal, all things considered, as like as not, as likely as not, doubtless, undoubtedly, no doubt, without doubt
    View synonyms