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Assume means "to take as granted or as true" and is associated with hypothesis formation. Presume suggests belief, without clear justification, that something is true.

In this analysis, we assume that the contamination was not caused by faulty filters in the air conditioner intake.

We presume that all contract work will be completed by the delivery dates.

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