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Assume vs Presume

Assume and presume, are both verbs that sound similar but have thin line of difference. While presumption is based on at least some facts, assumption is totally not based on any facts or reality. Let us explore these words in detail with examples in this Grammar.com article.

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  Ramya Shankar  —  Grammar Tips
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Assume

The verb assume means to take something upon without any proof. Some synonyms are to suppose, or take for granted. Assume can also mean to begin to have some power or huge responsibility. Assume originated from the Latin word ad (towards) + sumere (take) or assumere.

Presume

Presume is synonymous with assume but the difference is that it is based on some probability. Presume has its roots from the Latin praesumere meaning ‘anticipate’.

Assume vs Presume

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Both presume and assume are not totally based on facts, however presume sure has some probability associated based on some conditions, however assumption is totally based on perspective and not any facts or proof. Remember presume - possibility or probability! Check out our article on Think vs Suppose vs Assume to understand the difference between these three.

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