Milk as a cause of or worsener of autism will have to join the long list of other putative causes.
Tellingly, Humala has turned away from Chávez, his putative godfather during his failed 2006 presidential run.
Mitt Romney is the putative frontrunner, largely because he was the last man standing against John McCain in the 2008 contest.
early 15c., from Middle French putatif, from Late Latin putativus "supposed," from Latin putat-, past participle stem of putare "to judge, suppose, believe, suspect," originally "to clean, trim, prune" (see pave). At first especially in putative marriage, one which, though legally invalid, was contracted in good faith by at least one party. Related: Putatively.