Definitions of assumption

  1. celebration of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended
  2. the act of taking possession of or power over something; " his assumption of office coincided with the trouble in Cuba"; " the Nazi assumption of power in 1934"; " he acquired all the company's assets for ten million dollars and the assumption of the company's debts"
  3. the act of assuming or taking for granted; " your assumption that I would agree was unwarranted"
  4. audacious ( even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; " he despised them for their presumptuousness"
  5. a hypothesis that is taken for granted; " any society is built upon certain assumptions"
  6. a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; " on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
  7. ( Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended
  8. 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
  9. Arrogance.
  10. The act of assuming, or taking to or upon one's self; the act of taking up or adopting.
  11. The act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof; supposition; unwarrantable claim.
  12. The thing supposed; a postulate, or proposition assumed; a supposition.
  13. The minor or second proposition in a categorical syllogism.
  14. The taking of a person up into heaven.
  15. A festival in honor of the ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven.
  16. The act of taking to or upon oneself; the act of taking for granted; the thing supposed; arrogance; supposition; a disposition to claim more than is one's due.
  17. Act of assuming: a supposition.
  18. The act of assuming; something taken for granted; a supposition.
  19. An assuming; a supposition.
  20. The act of assuming; the thing, often the postulate or proposition, assumed; the minor proposition in a categorical syllogism; the taking up a person into heaven; in particular a festival of the Romish and Greek Churches, celebrated in honour of the miraculous ascent of the Virgin Mary to heaven.
  21. The act of assuming; supposition; the taking up into heaven, applied to the Virgin Mary.

Usage examples for assumption

  1. That he believed in the immortality of the soul is a claim that cannot be clearly established; and even if it could, would not confirm the assumption that he was a Christian. – Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian? by John B. Remsburg
  2. Is it not the natural attendant on an assumption? – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. Furthermore, it is a fair assumption that she saw us coming, and having, by then given up, it may be, any hope of seeing Brenda, she was, no doubt, considerably at a loss to account for our presence. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  4. In 1503 he commenced the work, but in 1505 he died, leaving it half finished, and the monks called in Perugino to complete it, giving him also a commission to paint an " Assumption" of the same size for the reverse of the altar- piece. – Great Masters in Painting: Perugino by George C. Williamson
  5. Well, then, I trust I should have the good sense to see that social equality between people who were better dressed, better taught, and better bred than myself was impossible, and that for me to force myself into their company was not only bad taste, but it was foolish, I have often heard my father say that the great superiority of the American practice of democracy over the French ideal was that it didn't involve any assumption of social equality. – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  6. " No, madame," replied Crevel, with an assumption of great coldness. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  7. She spoke with the manner of one who realizes that she holds the situation in her hands, and he yielded to this assumption of strength as he would have yielded ten years ago had she been clever enough to use it against him. – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  8. And yet, after all, upon what grounds does the assumption rest? – The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer by John Gerard
  9. Those rites for the repose of the dead are monstrous in their assumption and ridiculous in their childish nature." – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  10. The calculation is of value only on the assumption- which, however, is altogether reasonable- that the light- house, when erected, stood on the tip of the Point. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  11. So obvious did it seem to me that I decided to set to work on that assumption. – The Man From the Clouds by J. Storer Clouston
  12. The world is getting better- such is the common assumption which is naturally associated with the idea of progress. – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  13. The assumption is that the upper classmen have had every opportunity to profit by the life of the college, and are prepared to flock by themselves in the town. – An American at Oxford by John Corbin
  14. " In spite of the urgency of the case," remarked the Mandarin, with an assumption of the evenly- balanced expression that at one time threatened to obtain for him the title of " The Just", " there is one detail which must not be ignored- especially as our ruling will doubtless become a lantern to the feet of later ones. – Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah Commentator: Hilaire Belloc
  15. The assumption therefore seems not unreasonable, that the latter country at the time of their arrival was no longer joined to England. – The History of the European Fauna by R. F. Scharff
  16. I am not making that assumption. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  17. Yet I could not help admiring the assumption of the scamp, who knew this fact as well as myself. – Drift from Two Shores by Bret Harte
  18. It is only assumption on his part. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  19. Though possessing a thousand times his knowledge, they yield to his assumption of superior understanding; though knowing it is they who, in fact, do all that he is paid for doing, it is destruction to them to seem as if they thought any portion of the service belonged to themselves. – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
  20. The instances in the New Testament he seemed inclined to explain by the assumption that possession merely meant disease. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein