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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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