Definition of putative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞odədiv/


Generally considered or reputed to be: the putative father of a boy of two
More example sentences
  • The cuckolded father is in this sense also a helper, but we do not use the term for putative fathers.
  • Moyes does acknowledge that other putative claimants had seen the technology demonstrated.
  • These large FKBPs contain the putative domains reported for interaction with Hsp 90 in animals.
supposed, assumed, presumed;
accepted, recognized;
commonly regarded, presumptive, alleged, reputed, reported, rumored



Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞odədivlē/
Example sentences
  • Or consider State of Emergency, a putatively radical riot simulator.
  • The idea of having a single minister with responsibility for Scotland, Wales and - putatively - English regional government defies all common sense.
  • It's startling to see putatively liberal moviemakers portray celibacy as a noble, selfless, even rational endeavor.


Late Middle English: from Old French putatif, -ive or late Latin putativus, from Latin putat- 'thought', from the verb putare.

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Syllabification: pu·ta·tive

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