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Cara E. Richards recently pointed out that instead of the well-established dichotomy between ideal and real behavior, one should consider a trichotomy, with presumed behavior as a third term. The present note agrees with this, but (a) briefly examines some previous publications specifically dealing with this trichotomy, (b) suggests some points of view complementary to those of the Richards communication, and (c) attempts to place studies of presumed behavior in the context of anthropological theory.