Meaning of “presumably” in the English Dictionary

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"presumably" in British English

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presumablyadverb

uk /prɪˈzjuː.mə.bli/ us /prɪˈzuː.mə.bli/

B2 used to say what you think is the likely situation:

They can presumably afford to buy a bigger apartment.
Presumably he just forgot to send the letter.

More examples

  • Presumably they've decided to move back to Australia.
  • Presumably they can't afford a new car, or they'd have bought one by now.
  • You're going to go with her, presumably?
  • Her mother will presumably stay with them until she's made a full recovery.
  • You've bought all the materials you need, presumably?

(Definition of “presumably” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)