assumption assumption  /ə ˈsəmp ʃən/


  1. (n) a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
  2. (n) a hypothesis that is taken for granted
  3. (n) the act of taking possession of or power over something
  4. (n) celebration in the Roman Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Dormition in the Eastern Orthodox Church
  5. (n) (Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended
  6. (n) audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
  7. (n) the act of assuming or taking for granted


  1. Normally, that would be a safe assumption but we're learning not to assume anything as the charcoal-dreary economic winter approaches.
  2. As the Bronx-born daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Lopez, 36, has an outsider's hunger and a native's assumption of infinite possibility.
  3. In Daniel Pearl's case, that assumption proved tragically incorrect.


  1. Assumption quartet earns all-state honors

    The Davenport Assumption girls soccer team captured its third consecutive state championship last Saturday.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Quad-City Times

  2. Assumption Parish sheriff believes Labadieville man drowned in Grand Isle

    The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office says a Labadieville man was found dead off Grand Isle beach Monday.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WDSU New Orleans

  3. Assumption Soccer Seniors Leave Mark

    Assumption Seniors leave a lasting legacy on the soccer program.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: WQAD Moline


  1. "My assumption of command represents a change in personnel, not a change in policy or strategy," General Petraeus said.
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: David Petraeus Source: New York Times

  2. As Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in dissent: "If taken seriously, our colleagues' assumption that the identity of a speaker has no relevance to the government's ability to regulate political speech would lead to some remarkable conclusions. Such...
    on Jan 23, 2010 By: John Paul Stevens Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "These objectives were based on the assumption aboriginal cultures and spiritual beliefs were inferior and unequal," said Harper. "Indeed, some sought, as it was infamously said, 'to kill the Indian in the child.' "
    on Jun 12, 2008 By: Stephen Harper Source: Vancouver Sun

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propriety propriety
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