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[ri-pyoo-tid-lee] /rɪˈpyu tɪd li/
according to reputation or popular belief:
a reputedly honest man.
Origin of reputedly
1680-90; reputed + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lough Derg is reputedly one of the prettiest pieces of water in Ireland.

    Romantic Ireland; volume 2/2 M.F and B. McM. Mansfield
  • Beyond all this, I command myriads of spirits, invisible, and reputedly omnipotent.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • It was erected by the State of Virginia in 1940, reputedly on the spot where he received his famous nickname.

  • The bush (reputedly the abode of ghosts) was, save at one point, impenetrable.

  • This is true of gymnastics even when practised by reputedly healthy people.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • Then he took him by an indirect route to what was, reputedly, a tavern of consequence.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • He was a hunchback, but a gay little man nevertheless; reputedly a genius in the art of shooting rapids.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for reputedly


according to general belief or supposition: the reputedly excellent food
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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