commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed: the putative boss of the mob.

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin putātīvus reputed, equivalent to putāt(us) (past participle of putāre to think, consider, reckon, orig. to clean, prune) + -īvus -ive

putatively, adverb
unputative, adjective
unputatively, adverb
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putative (ˈpjuːtətɪv)
1.  (prenominal) commonly regarded as being: the putative father
2.  (prenominal) considered to exist or have existed; inferred
3.  grammar denoting a mood of the verb in some languages used when the speaker does not have direct evidence of what he is asserting, but has inferred it on the basis of something else
[C15: from Late Latin putātīvus supposed, from Latin putāre to consider]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from M.Fr. putatif, from L. putativus "supposed" (c.200), from putatus, pp. of putare "think, suppose, count, reckon," originally "to prune" (see pave). At first esp. in putative marriage, one which, though legally invalid, was contracted in good faith by at least one party.
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Example sentences
Some people use the term to refer to the putative singularity at which space and time came into existence.
Suppose, that is, you have a set of premises and a putative conclusion.
Unfortunately, this putative conqueror of the common cold loses its potency rather quickly when exposed to air.
In light of that information his cases of putative influence-peddling look strikingly anomalous.
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