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Word: presume

Definition: take for granted; assume; act overconfidently; take liberties; presume on/upon: take unfair advantage of (someone's kindness or connection); N. presumption


Sentences Containing 'presume'

He watched her as she mused, and the moment she raised her eyes again, went on:``In your adopted country, I presume, I can not do better than address you as a young English lady, Miss Manette?''
``Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,''said Miss Bingley;``and pray what is the result?''
His coming into the country at all is a most insolent thing, indeed, and I wonder how he could presume to do it.
Undoubtedly the very tedium and ennui which presume to have exhausted the variety and the joys of life are as old as Adam.
The traveller who stops at the best houses, so called, soon discovers this, for the publicans presume him to be a Sardanapalus, and if he resigned himself to their tender mercies he would soon be completely emasculated.
This lady that I speak of corresponds with him, I presume, and will be quite sure to look after him.
``Because I was arrested at Piombino, and I presume that, like Milan and Florence, Piombino has become the capital of some French department.''
``Come in, come in,''said Morrel,``for I presume you are all at the door.''
``Parbleu, at Rome you spent fifty thousand piastres in furnishing your apartments, but I presume that you are not disposed to spend a similar sum every day.''
``And then it was, I presume,''said Monte Cristo``that you came to me as the bearer of a letter from the Abbe Busoni?''
Monte Cristo regarded the person who durst presume to doubt his words with the look of one equally surprised and displeased.
``I have the honor, I presume, of addressing M. de Monte Cristo.''
``Why,''replied Monte Cristo,``since we mutually understand each other for such I presume is the case?''
May I presume to ask whether you have long possessed it?''
``Coming, as usual, I presume, from the extreme end of the globe?
We should presume too much on our own strength, and, like others, perhaps, be led astray by our blind confidence in each other's prudence.''
inquired the count;``very young, I presume?''
Now, in order not to presume on this, and also to be beforehand with them, I have, if agreeable to you, thought of inviting M. and Madame Danglars, and M. and Madame de Villefort, to my country house at Auteuil.
I will, in the meantime, go and prepare the young man for this much desired interview, for I presume that he is not less impatient for it than yourself.''
``Then, in these trunks''``I presume you have given orders to your valet de chambre to put in all you are likely to need, your plain clothes and your uniform.
``Oh, madame, I do not presume to call myself your friend, but at all times I am your most respectful servant.''
We must not, I presume, suppose that it was as large as the life.
In order, therefore, to make out something like an argument, it was necessary that they should express themselves as they have done; and this argument, even supposing things actually were as it seems to presume them to be, turns out to be a very inconclusive one.
It seems to presume perfect wisdom and virtue in the one order, and the greatest weakness and folly in the other.
By a monstrosity I presume is meant some considerable deviation of structure, generally injurious, or not useful to the species.
And in this case I presume that the form would be called a variety.
I presume that no one will doubt that all such analogous variations are due to the several races of the pigeon having inherited from a common parent the same constitution and tendency to variation, when acted on by similar unknown influences.
As all these marks are characteristic of the parent rock-pigeon, I presume that no one will doubt that this is a case of reversion, and not of a new yet analogous variation appearing in the several breeds.
The discovery of defects in the common philosophy, if any such there be, will not, I presume, be a discouragement, but rather an incitement, as is usual, to attempt something more full and satisfactory than has yet been proposed to the public.
From this circumstance alone, that a controversy has been long kept on foot, and remains still undecided, we may presume that there is some ambiguity in the expression, and that the disputants affix different ideas to the terms employed in the controversy.
For so long, I presume, will the accounts of miracles and prodigies be found in all history, sacred and profane.
Let your gods, therefore, O philosophers, be suited to the present appearances of nature: and presume not to alter these appearances by arbitrary suppositions, in order to suit them to the attributes, which you so fondly ascribe to your deities.
These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw.
But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your purpose equally well?"
Now, when young ladies wander about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is something very pressing which they have to communicate.
I understand that you have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of society."
I presume that I may take it as correct-- this article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride."
Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this system of imprisonment?"
'Because I presume that it has not moved in space, and if it travelled into the future it would still be here all this time, since it must have travelled through this time.'
He had taken little or no wine; and I presume it was the mere insolence of triumph that was upon him, flushed perhaps by the temptation my presence furnished to its exhibition.
Do these miserable animals presume to think, that I am so degenerated as to defend my veracity?
He directed that those who had already beheld me should return home, and not presume to come within fifty yards of my house, without license from the court; whereby the secretaries of state got considerable fees.
“2d, He shall not presume to come into our metropolis, without our express order; at which time, the inhabitants shall have two hours warning to keep within doors.
Some natural necessities required me to get down; I durst not presume to call; and if I had, it would have been in vain, with such a voice as mine, at so great a distance from the room where I lay to the kitchen where the family kept.
They had no tails, nor any hair at all on their buttocks, except about the anus, which, I presume, nature had placed there to defend them as they sat on the ground, for this posture they used, as well as lying down, and often stood on their hind feet.
To this hour they dare not presume to touch my bread, or drink out of the same cup, neither was I ever able to let one of them take me by the hand.
I dwell the longer upon this subject from the desire I have to make the society of an English _Yahoo_ by any means not insupportable; and therefore I here entreat those who have any tincture of this absurd vice, that they will not presume to come in my sight.
It was fair to presume that being a harpooneer, his linen or woollen, as the case might be, would not be of the tidiest, certainly none of the finest.
Yet not to speak of the peril of the thing, it is to be doubted whether this course is always the best; for it is but reasonable to presume, that the longer the stricken whale stays under water, the more he is exhausted.
Should any unwarrantably pert young Leviathan coming that way, presume to draw confidentially close to one of the ladies, with what prodigious fury the Bashaw assails him, and chases him away!

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