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Supposedly vs. Supposably


[stuhd-eed] /ˈstʌd id/
marked by or suggestive of conscious effort; not spontaneous or natural; affected:
studied simplicity.
carefully deliberated:
a studied approval.
Origin of studied
1520-30; study + -ed2
Related forms
studiedly, adverb
studiedness, noun
nonstudied, adjective
well-studied, adjective
1. deliberate. 1, 2. considered.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See elaborate. Unabridged
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  • She spoke with well-studied hesitancy, like a child that, in preferring an overbold request, fears denial in the very utterance.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • But the other shrugged his shoulders with well-studied indifference.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • A great and difficult question must have a well-studied answer, and not be answered hastily and rashly.

  • The rector had put a number of well-studied careless questions, which failed of their purpose.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A mere increase of dead weight is no remedy; there should be a well-studied mechanical disposition of material.

  • It is extraordinary what a well-studied position that kneeling to resist cavalry is.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • Among animals there is only one well-studied instance of our first type of adaptive morphological characters.

  • The book contains a series of well-studied and effective illustrations by Mr. Emil Pollak.

    The Farringdons Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
  • She had told over those stories many times to herself; to-day they were little more than the recital of a well-studied lesson.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for well-studied


carefully practised, designed, or premeditated: a studied reply
an archaic word for learned
Derived Forms
studiedly, adverb
studiedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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