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Assumption Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    assumption n
  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"
Assumption Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Assumption \As*sump"tion\ (?; 215), n. [OE. assumpcioun a taking up into heaven, L. assumptio a taking, fr. assumere: cf. F. assomption. See Assume.]
  1. The act of assuming, or taking to or upon one's self; the act of taking up or adopting. The assumption of authority. --Whewell.
  2. The act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof; supposition; unwarrantable claim. This gives no sanction to the unwarrantable assumption that the soul sleeps from the period of death to the resurrection of the body. --Thodey. That calm assumption of the virtues. --W. Black.
  3. The thing supposed; a postulate, or proposition assumed; a supposition. Hold! says the Stoic; your assumption's wrong. --Dryden.
  4. (Logic) The minor or second proposition in a categorical syllogism.
  5. The taking of a person up into heaven. Hence: (Rom. Cath. & Greek Churches) A festival in honor of the ascent of the

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  • Assumption: In logic an assumption is a proposition that is taken for granted, as if it were true based upon presupposition without preponderance of ...
  • Assumption of Mary: Communion and Continuing Anglican ism, the Assumption of Mary was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her life. ...
  • Assumption College: Assumption College is a private, Roman Catholic , liberal arts college located on 185 acres (708,000 m²) in Worcester, Massachusetts . ...
  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: Assumption Parish. (Paroisse de l'Assomption. is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana , and was formed in 1807 as an original ...
  • Assumption University (Thailand): Assumption University (AU, Thai : มหาวิทยาลัยอัสสัมชัญ) is a private Catholic university with three campuses in the Hua Mak, Central World ...
  • Assumption College, Kilmore: Assumption College is a Roman Catholic , secondary , co-educational , day and Boarding school , located in Kilmore , Victoria , Australia ...
  • Statistical assumption: Statistical assumptions are general assumptions about statistical populations. Statistics , like all mathematical disciplines, does not ...
  • Assumption, Illinois: Assumption is a city in Christian County , Illinois , United States . The population was 1,168 at the 2010 census. Geography: Assumption is ...

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* The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. - H.L. Mencken

* In the past decade or so, the women's magazines have taken to running home-handyperson articles suggesting that women can learn to fix things just as well as men. These articles are apparently based on the ludicrous assumption that men know how to fix things, when in fact all they know how to do is look at things in a certain squinty-eyed manner, which they learned in Wood Shop eventually, when enough things in the home are broken, they take a job requiring them to transfer to another home. - Dave Barry

* Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest. - Marilyn Ferguson

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