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assumption

 [ah-sump´shun]
a statement that is taken for granted or considered true, even though it may not have been scientifically tested.

as·sump·tion

(ă-sŭmp'shŭn),
Belief posited at the outset of an argument as a basis for deduction and inference. Commonly confused with a hypothesis, a conclusion at the end of the argument, or an inference based on empiric data.

assumption

Prejudgment about a person or situation; a premise based on opinion, which may not be supported by facts.

as·sump·tion

(ă-sŭmp'shŭn)
A basic principle that is accepted as being true on the basis of logic or reason but without proof or verification.
[L. adsumptio, fr. assumo, to adopt]
References in classic literature ?
Yet, I said, that we may not be compelled to examine all such objections, and prove at length that they are untrue, let us assume their absurdity, and go forward on the understanding that hereafter, if this assumption turn out to be untrue, all the consequences which follow shall be withdrawn.
But it does not follow that the patch of colour is not also psychical, unless we assume that the physical and the psychical cannot overlap, which I no longer consider a valid assumption.
They had seen, in a variety of instances, assumptions by Congress, not only of recommendatory, but of operative, powers, warranted, in the public estimation, by occasions and objects infinitely less urgent than those by which their conduct was to be governed.
But from a certain nameless awe with which the mad assumptions of the mummer had inspired the whole party, there were found none who put forth hand to seize him; so that, unimpeded, he passed within a yard of the prince's person; and, while the vast assembly, as if with one impulse, shrank from the centres of the rooms to the walls, he made his way uninterruptedly, but with the same solemn and measured step which had distinguished him from the first, through the blue chamber to the purple--through the purple to the green--through the green to the orange--through this again to the white--and even thence to the violet, ere a decided movement had been made to arrest him.
Excessive amiability and excessive liberality are the two favorite assumptions of the modern generation.
Making a false assumption, either explicitly or implicitly, will always lead to erroneous results.
It is then the purpose of this essay to make the readers aware that they too operate on a certain set of assumptions and to provide a method for assumption clarification as this is a necessary process to help move toward a new paradigm of teaching and learning excellence.
WORCESTER - Friends, former college classmates, student athletes both past and present, and his Assumption College colleagues came to honor the late Stephen "Merc" Morris April 15 at Laska Gymnasium.
design makes assumption management even more critical than the deliberate decisionmaking process.
This organizational assumption is one of the biggest obstacles faced by employees.
A possible fact assumption is a belief about the likelihood of an event or circumstance occurring, often about other people might say or do.
Why does the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loan assumption process cause servicers and borrowers so many headaches?