Definition of assumptive in English:



  • 1rare Of the nature of an assumption.

    • ‘In Janoff-Bulman's poignant phrase, ‘it was the shattering of the assumptive world’.’
    • ‘Either the explanation will be vindicated, or we will make discoveries that not only invalidate it, but that may lead to a new, less assumptive theory that is preferred to the others, some of which may also have been disproved in the process.’
    • ‘He also eschews an assumptive theology of a God who is only active in church or in the private reflections of each human heart.’
    • ‘But while mathematical formalism may camouflage assumptive foolishness, it does not correct its theoretical effects and may exaggerate them, hence the unrealistic result.’
    • ‘The tone of this article was assumptive and leading towards suggesting the opposite.’
    • ‘Actual data and scientifically sound information would be required to revoke any tolerances, and some assumptive or anecdotal information would be disallowed.’
    • ‘For within the context of international politics, faith is redundant as it calls for assumptive reasoning in a landscape of constant change and hidden agendas.’
    • ‘The current treatment of planning assumptions, or the overreliance on assumptions, has turned the planning process into assumptive planning.’
    • ‘Had she looked critically at the detail in this document, she would have seen that the questions asked were partial and assumptive.’
  • 2archaic Apt to seize something for oneself.


Mid 16th century (in the sense taken, adopted): from Latin assumptivus, from the verb assumere (see assume).