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Dictionary Definition

assumption

Noun

1 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" [syn: premise, premiss]
2 a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions" [syn: supposition, supposal]
3 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" [syn: laying claim]
4 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 [syn: Assumption of Mary, August 15]
5 audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness" [syn: presumption, presumptuousness, effrontery]
6 (Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended
7 the act of assuming or taking for granted; "your assumption that I would agree was unwarranted"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  1. The act of assuming, or taking to or upon one's self; the act of taking up or adopting.
  2. The act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof; supposition; unwarrantable claim.
  3. The thing supposed; a postulate, or proposition assumed; a supposition.
  4. The minor or second proposition in a categorical syllogism.
  5. The taking of a person up into heaven.
  6. A festival in honor of the ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven.

Translations

supposition
thing supposed
taking of a person up into heaven
  • Portuguese:
festival in honor of the ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven
  • Portuguese:
Dutch: veronderstelling , [1] op zich nemen, [2] aannemen, [3] aanname, [4] het mindere of secundaire voorstel in een categorische syllogie, [5] ten hemel opneming, [6] Mariahemelvaart

Extensive Definition

An assumption is a proposition that is taken for granted, that is, as if it were known to be true.
Assumption may also refer to:
  • In logic, more specifically in the context of natural deduction systems, an assumption is made in the expectation that it will be discharged in due course via a separate argument.
  • Assumption reinsurance, a form of reinsurance whereby the reinsurer is substituted for the ceding insurer and becomes directly liable for policy claims
  • In real property law, an assumption is the mortgage transfer from the seller to the buyer
  • In business planning and business plans, an assumption is an assertion about some characteristic of the future that underlies the current operations or plans of an organization
  • Assumption (Poker), a fictional type of Poker game variation, using Tarot cards instead of traditional playing cards. It appears as a primary plot point in the novel "Last Call" by Tim Powers. Fans of the author often play Assumption when at conventions or writing workshops
Concepts:
Locations:
assumption in German: Assumption
assumption in French: Assomption (homonymie)
assumption in Polish: Assumption (ujednoznacznienie)
assumption in Finnish: Oletus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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