Definition of putative in English:

putative

Syllabification: pu·ta·tive
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞otətiv
 
/

adjective

[attributive]
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    supposed, assumed, presumed; accepted, recognized; commonly regarded, presumptive, alleged, reputed, reported, rumored

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.

Origin

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

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