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1rare Of the nature of an assumption.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 tone of this article was assumptive and leading towards suggesting the opposite.’
- ‘But while mathematical formalism may camouflage assumptive foolishness, it does not correct its theoretical effects and may exaggerate them, hence the unrealistic result.’
- ‘The current treatment of planning assumptions, or the overreliance on assumptions, has turned the planning process into assumptive planning.’
- ‘He also eschews an assumptive theology of a God who is only active in church or in the private reflections of each human heart.’
- ‘Actual data and scientifically sound information would be required to revoke any tolerances, and some assumptive or anecdotal information would be disallowed.’
- ‘In Janoff-Bulman's poignant phrase, ‘it was the shattering of the assumptive world’.’
- ‘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).
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