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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  Virgin  Mary  into  heaven. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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}] 
  3:  the  act  of  taking  possession  of  or  power  over  something 
  "the  Nazi  assumption  of  power  in  1934"  [syn:  {laying  claim}] 
  4:  celebration  of  the  Virgin  Mary's  being  taken  up  into  heaven 
  when  her  earthly  life  ended  [syn:  {Assumption},  {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}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Assumption,  IL  (city,  FIPS  2609) 
  Location:  39.51796  N,  89.04843  W 
  Population  (1990):  1244  (579  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  62510 




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