Definition of presumably in US English:



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

    ‘the Yakima Indians presumably came from Asia by way of the Bering Strait’
    • ‘It is for that reason that you would presumably assert a right to be heard this morning?’
    • ‘This week dozens of framed prints were on sale elsewhere, presumably bankrupt stock.’
    • ‘At least if we were all locked in, we presumably didn't have to be Houdini to get out.’
    • ‘Then, presumably, the state will be drafted back in to provide further subsidies.’
    • ‘Motorcyclists are vulnerable at all times and presumably use the roads in full knowledge of this.’
    • ‘The series was then filmed in Warsaw, presumably because costs were lower there.’
    • ‘If monetary policy were inappropriate, presumably risks would never be in balance.’
    • ‘The morphine sounds ominous, but it was presumably to alleviate the ski injury.’
    • ‘This club could attract people into the late evening and presumably the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘The lift wouldn't work, presumably because it was too heavy, being gold plated and all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whether it was easier to shop is arguable, because presumably the number of staff are also at a minimum.’
    • ‘At least four panels and two small decorations are missing, presumably destroyed.’
    • ‘Since this film is being made in Hollywood, presumably its main audience will be American.’
    • ‘He will also be a star of Romeo And Juliet - which presumably means making more love?’
    • ‘No protest at these inconsistencies, so presumably no one has a right to now.’
    • ‘He presumably sees nothing wrong in using the police for propaganda purposes.’
    • ‘Persistent attempts to do so would presumably earn him the red card of expulsion from the chamber.’
    • ‘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
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