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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 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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Of course we need to encourage more people to donate organs, but presuming consent has the whiff of the nanny state about it.
That's the trouble with presuming anything, you might well presume wrong.
Given that the majority of people say they would be willing to donate, there are good reasons for presuming consent and requiring those who object to donation to register their views.
Given that many (if not most) citizens will fail to discuss their donation wishes with family or record their wishes in writing, presuming consent instead of non-consent should remove a barrier that would have otherwise barred such donations.
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If the government presumes you want to hand your organs on to the needy, then I am sorry, but the government is presuming too much.
Presuming Ellis had spotted him, the officer left but returned 20 minutes later and saw the Corvette was gone, O'Neal said.
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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.
Presuming consent isn't the same as obtaining it, so it's not really consent at all, and such a presumption effectively nationalises everyone's bodies.
Presuming consent rather than presuming objection is also more likely to achieve the aim of respecting the wishes of the deceased person.