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Supposedly vs. Supposably


[suhm-tahym] /ˈsʌmˌtaɪm/
at some indefinite or indeterminate point of time:
He will arrive sometime next week.
at an indefinite future time:
Come to see me sometime.
Archaic. sometimes; on some occasions.
Archaic. at one time; formerly.
having been formerly; former:
The diplomat was a sometime professor of history at Oxford.
being so only at times or to some extent:
Traveling so much, he could never be more than a sometime husband.
that cannot be depended upon regarding affections or loyalties:
He was well rid of his sometime girlfriend.
Origin of sometime
1250-1300; Middle English; see some, time
Can be confused
sometime, sometimes (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
The adverb sometime is written as one word: He promised to paint the garage sometime soon. The two-word form some time means “an unspecified interval or period of time”: It will take some time for the wounds to heal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "sometime before daylight," muttered that gentleman, getting up.

    Command William McFee
  • True, Sidney would not marry him for years, but she had practically promised to sometime.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Books and clothes, of course, could be obtained on credit, but even so sometime or other bills came in.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
  • Daddy, sometime when you have an opportunity, ask Mr. Black about this Monty, will you?

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Really, if I am almost as good as a boy, don't you think I might sometime act the part?

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
British Dictionary definitions for sometime


at some unspecified point of time
(prenominal) having been at one time; former: the sometime President
(prenominal) (US) occasional; infrequent
Usage note
The form sometime should not be used to refer to a fairly long period of time: he has been away for some time (not for sometime)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sometime

late 13c., "at one time or another" (adv.); as an adjective, late 15c. Meaning "at some future time" is late 14c. From some + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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