AskDefine | Define presumption

Dictionary Definition



1 an assumption that is taken for granted [syn: given, precondition]
2 (law) an inference of the truth of a fact from other facts proved or admitted or judicially noticed
3 audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness" [syn: presumptuousness, effrontery, assumption]
4 a kind of discourtesy in the form of an act of presuming; "his presumption was intolerable"

User Contributed Dictionary



From præsumptionem.


  1. the act of presuming, or something presumed
  2. the belief of something based upon reasonable evidence, or upon something known to be true
  3. the condition upon which something is presumed
  4. arrogant behaviour


the act of presuming, or something presumed
the belief of something based upon reasonable evidence, or upon something known to be true
the condition upon which something is presumed
arrogant behaviour

Extensive Definition

In the law of evidence, a presumption of a particular fact can be made without the aid of proof in some situations. The types of presumption includes a rebuttable discretionary presumption, a rebuttable mandatory presumption, and an irrebutable or conclusive presumption. The invocation of a presumption will normally shift the burden of proof from one party to the opposing party in a court trial. Presumptions are sometimes categorized into two types: presumptions without basic facts, and presumptions with basic facts.
presumption in German: Vermutung (Recht)
presumption in Spanish: Presunción (derecho)
presumption in French: Présomption
presumption in Hebrew: חזקה (הנחה מבוססת)
presumption in Russian: Презумпция

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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