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 Virgin Mary into heaven.
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
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,
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"