Friday, May 02, 2003
Definitions for putative
- Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed.
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Citations for putative
Certainly, to have even a putative ancestor commemorated by Shakespeare is something about which to boast.
A report has found that the putative evidence for the paper that started the controversy was fabricated.
Origin of putative
late Middle English
Putative comes from Late Latin putativus, from Latin putare, "to cleanse, to prune, to clear up, to consider, to reckon, to think." It is related to compute, "to calculate" (from com-, intensive prefix + putare); dispute, "to contend in argument" (from dis-, "apart" + putare); and reputation, "the estimation in which one is held" (from reputatio, from the past participle of reputare, "to think over," from re-, "again" + putare).