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English noun: assumption

1. assumption (communication) a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn


SamplesOn the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play.


Synonymspremise, premiss


Broader (hypernym)posit, postulate


Narrower (hyponym)condition, major premise, major premiss, minor premise, minor premiss, precondition, scenario, stipulation, subsumption, thesis

2. assumption (cognition) a hypothesis that is taken for granted


SamplesAny society is built upon certain assumptions.


Synonymssupposal, supposition


Broader (hypernym)hypothesis, possibility, theory


Narrower (hyponym)base, basic assumption, basis, conclusion, constatation, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, given, groundwork, precondition, presumption, self-evident truth

3. assumption (act) the act of taking possession of or power over something


SamplesHis 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.


Synonymslaying claim


Broader (hypernym)acquisition

4. Assumption (time) 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


SynonymsAssumption of Mary, August 15


Broader (hypernym)holy day of obligation


Part meronymAug, August

5. Assumption (event) (Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended


Broader (hypernym)miracle


Domain categoryChristian religion, Christianity

6. assumption (attribute) audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to


SamplesHe despised them for their presumptuousness.


Synonymseffrontery, presumption, presumptuousness


Broader (hypernym)audaciousness, audacity


Narrower (hyponym)uppishness, uppityness

7. assumption (act) the act of assuming or taking for granted


SamplesYour assumption that I would agree was unwarranted.


Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity


Narrower (hyponym)position









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