Definition of presumptuous in English:



  • (of a person or their behaviour) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.

    ‘I hope I won't be considered presumptuous if I offer some advice’
    • ‘It's all rather presumptuous to offer your opinion when you don't really know the person very well.’
    • ‘She acts sweet, kind and nice on the outside, but inside she's as rude and presumptuous as I am.’
    • ‘I was so presumptuous as simply to indicate that without even giving you the courtesy of asking you.’
    • ‘It's the voice of the Nanny State at its lecturing, presumptuous, arrogant, illogical and whiny worst.’
    • ‘It was presumptuous to the point of being arrogant, and it can be fairly said that it has left a very sour taste all round.’
    • ‘Being the presumptuous boy he was, he thought he would be coming inside my house.’
    • ‘It was presumptuous of a mere administrator to parade in public talking about the coming era of molecular medicine.’
    • ‘It was a nice idea but always a tad presumptuous.’
    • ‘I want to think people are kind and generous and helpful, not spiteful, rude, presumptuous and threatening.’
    • ‘That was a phenomenal mistake and his own presumptuous arrogance led to his downfall.’
    • ‘Call this presumptuous arrogance or call it faith in our selves.’
    • ‘And I'm presumptuous enough to assume that people might actually take the time to misunderstand me.’
    • ‘Beware of a thankless and presumptuous person who expects too much from you without contributing himself in any way.’
    • ‘Of course, ultimately, all music is a commodity, but this idea of being told what music will suit your mood is a bit… presumptuous.’
    • ‘It is presumptuous and oppressive to suggest that other cultures want the liberties we take for granted, their argument runs.’
    • ‘I fear that I was presumptuous enough to tell him that he did not seem to have the central point quite right.’
    • ‘I guess I'm not presumptuous enough to declare how it turned out for me.’
    • ‘I think it would be presumptuous to offer a guarantee, but what I can say to you is that it is absolutely at the heart of our thinking.’
    • ‘Well, I don't to be presumptuous, but I assume it was anticipated there would be this type of focus.’
    • ‘Not that I am presumptuous enough to compare myself to them of course, but that is the price you pay for free speech, apparently.’
    brazen, overconfident, arrogant, egotistical, overbold, bold, audacious, pert, forward, familiar, impertinent, fresh, free, insolent, impudent, cocksure
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Middle English: from Old French presumptueux, from late Latin praesumptuosus, variant of praesumptiosus ‘full of boldness’, from praesumptio (see presumption).