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Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

A humorous greeting. The phrase refers to Scottish explorer David Livingstone, who was presumed lost in Africa in the mid-19th century. When reporter H.M. Stanley finally located him, he supposedly greeted Livingstone with this now-famous phrase. You must be the gentleman I'm looking for—Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
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Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

Jocular You are who I think you are, are you not? Oh, there you are. Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
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presume (up)on someone or something

to take unwelcome advantage of someone or something. I didn't mean to seem to presume upon you. I apologize. I did not feel that you presumed on me.
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Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

A 19th-century explorer named Dr. David Livingstone became something of a national hero through his articles and lectures about his adventures in Africa. In 1864, Livingstone led an expedition to discover the source of the Nile. When little to nothing was heard from or about Livingstone after many years, Europeans and Americans became concerned. In 1871, the publisher of the New York Herald hired Henry Stanley, a newspaper reporter, to find Livingstone. Heading a group of some two hundred men, Stanley headed into the African interior. After nearly eight months he found Livingstone in a small village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. As Stanley described the encounter, “As I advanced slowly toward him I noticed he was pale, looked wearied . . . I would have embraced him, only, he being an Englishman, I did not know how he would receive me; so I . . . walked deliberately to him, took off my hat, and said, ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?' The phrase “‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” caught the public's fancy, and any number of would-be wits greeted friends with it until the phrase lost all traces of cleverness. But that never stopped people from continuing to use it long past the public's memory of who Livingstone or Stanley were.
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And this goes to the nub of the matter: there is no point theoretically presuming consent if, when it comes to it, clinicians won't be willing to presume any such thing and will ask family members to decide.
Given the very high level of support for organ donation expressed in repeated surveys (up to 90%) it is reasonable to presume that those who die without making their views known are in the majority who want to donate, rather than the minority who do not.
When our politicians presume to override basic freedoms, it's good that Westminster is able to curb them.
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Why Kochevar would presume law-abiding people would try to break the law was never asked or at least not explained in the report.
Given the very high level of support for organ donation expressed in repeated surveys it is reasonable to presume that those who die without making their views known are in the majority who want to donate, rather than the minority who do not.
Sept membres presumes d'Al-Qaida ont ete tues dans la nuit de dimanche a lundi dans une attaque de drone, probablement americain, contre une habitation de la province de Marib, a l'est de Sanaa, a annonce le site [beaucoup moins que]bfmtv[beaucoup plus grand que] .
Vingt-neuf membres presumes d'Al-Qaida ont ete tues dans de violents bombardements lances lundi contre leurs positions dans la region de Zinjibar, chef-lieu de la province d'Abyane, dans le sud du Yemen, a indique hier jeudi un responsable local.