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[pyoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈpyu tə tɪv/
commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed:
the putative boss of the mob.
Origin of putative
late Middle English
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
Related forms
putatively, adverb
unputative, adjective
unputatively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for putatively
  • If blue whales above water are only putatively blue, then below the surface they go indisputably turquoise.
  • Wow, how strange that a group putatively advocating for water would object to a decision aimed at protecting clean water.
  • Each side of any pay dispute makes its best offer, and a putatively neutral judge picks one of them.
  • To others, however, they are a long-overdue attempt to gauge a putatively cheap fuel's true external costs.
British Dictionary definitions for putatively


(prenominal) commonly regarded as being: the putative father
(prenominal) considered to exist or have existed; inferred
(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
Derived Forms
putatively, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin putātīvus supposed, from Latin putāre to consider
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Word Origin and History for putatively



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.

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