What Does Presumptuous Mean? | Definition & Examples
Presumptuous is an adjective meaning “excessively bold or forward.” It’s used to describe someone behaving in an entitled or overfamiliar way and therefore coming across as rude or arrogant. It can also mean “characterized by presumption” or “likely to presume.”
Presumptuous vs. presumptive
Presumptuous and presumptive are both related to the word “presume,” but they don’t mean the same thing:
- Presumptuous is used to describe someone or something as “overstepping authority” or “characterized by presumption.”
- Presumptive is used to describe something as “probable” or “likely.” It’s used in the term “heir presumptive,” meaning someone who is likely (but not certain) to inherit something.
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