Usage of “assume” vs. “presume” [duplicate]

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“Assume”, “presume”, “suppose”

I would like to know the usage of assume versus presume. It seems to me, that both of them tend to depict the same meaning. So where exactly lies the difference in their usage?


There can be a strong connotative difference between the two, despite meaning more or less the same thing.

When I assume something I’m taking an idea to be true without full support for that fact. Particularly in a legal context, you often hear presume used the same way, for example: “He was presumed dead”

However presume can also mean an overreaching assumption, particularly one that someone might find offensive. In common conversation, that is the main difference that I tend to hear between the words.

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