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[n] 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"
[n] the act of assuming or taking for granted; "your assumption that I would agree was unwarranted"
[n] audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness"
[n] a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
[n] 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"
[n] (Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended
[n] celebration of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended

Misc. Definitions

\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.

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