Pre*sump"tive (?), a. [Cf. F. pr'esomptif.]
Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable evidence; probable; as, presumptive proof.
Sir T. Browne.
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.
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