Meaning of ASSUMPTION in English


əˈsəm (p)shən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin assumption-, assumptio, from Latin, reception, taking up, adoption, from assumptus (past participle of assumere to take up) + -ion-, -io -ion

1. usually capitalized

a. : the bodily taking up a person into heaven

the dogma of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

b. : the church feast commemorating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary that is observed on August 15 — compare falling asleep

2. archaic : the taking into association or union : adoption , incorporation


a. : the act of taking to or upon oneself an attribute, form, duty or office

his meek assumption of innocence

a delay in the assumption of his new position

b. : the act of laying claim to or taking possession of : appropriation , usurpation

the Nazi assumption of power in 1934

4. : unwarranted pretentiousness : arrogance

his usual air of haughty assumption — Sir Walter Scott


a. : the act of taking for granted or supposing that a thing is true

the structural characteristics of the order and the fallacies in assumption — R.E.Montgomery

b. : something that is taken for granted : supposition

it was, like all societies, built on certain assumptions — M.C.Hollis

6. : the taking over of debts or obligations by another ; specifically : the adoption by the federal government of the states' debts incurred during the American Revolution


a. : the proposition, axiom, postulate, or notion assumed

b. : the minor or second premise in a categorical syllogism

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