Definition of putative in English:

putative

Line breaks: pu¦ta|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːtətɪv
 
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adjective

[attributive]
Generally considered or reputed to be: the putative father of her children
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

putatively

adverb
More 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.

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