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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Presumptive \Pre*sump"tive\, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]somptif.] 1. Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable evidence; probable; as, presumptive proof. [1913 Webster] 2. Presumptuous; arrogant. [R.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] Presumptive evidence (Law), that which is derived from circumstances which necessarily or usually attend a fact, as distinct from direct evidence or positive proof; indirect or circumstantial evidence. "Presumptive evidence of felony should be cautiously admitted." --Blackstone. The distinction, however, between direct and presumptive (or circumstantial) evidence is now generally abandoned; all evidence being now more or less direct and more or less presumptive. Presumptive heir. See Heir presumptive, under Heir. [1913 Webster]