Definitions for: Presumptive

[adj] affording reasonable grounds for belief or acceptance; "presumptive evidence"; "a strong presumptive case is made out"
[adj] having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance; "the presumptive heir (or heir apparent)"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pre*sump"tive, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]somptif.]
1. Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable
evidence; probable; as, presumptive proof.

2. Presumptuous; arrogant. [R.] --Sir T. Browne.

Presumptive evidence (Law), that which is derived from
circumstances which necessarily or usually attend a fact,
as distinct from direct evidence or positive proof;
indirect or circumstantial evidence. ``Presumptive
evidence of felony should be cautiously admitted.''
--Blackstone. The distinction, however, between direct and
presumptive (or circumstantial) evidence is now generally
abandoned; all evidence being now more or less direct and
more or less presumptive.

Presumptive heir. See Heir presumptive, under Heir.

Synonyms: believable, credible, likely, plausible, probable

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