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[per-pawr-tid, -pohr-] /pərˈpɔr tɪd, -ˈpoʊr-/
reputed or claimed; alleged:
We saw no evidence of his purported wealth.
1890-95; purport + -ed2
Related forms
purportedly, adverb
unpurported, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for purportedly


alleged; supposed; rumoured: a purported two million dollar deal
Derived Forms
purportedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for purportedly

"allegedly," 1949, from past participle of purport (v.) + -ly (2).

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