- reputed or claimed; alleged: We saw no evidence of his purported wealth.
Origin of purported
- to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely: a document purporting to be official.
- to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply.
- the meaning, import, or sense: the main purport of your letter.
- purpose; intention; object: the main purport of their visit to France.
Origin of purport
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Examples from the Web for purported
The dollar value of a statistical life in the United States is purported to be around $5 million.The Only Way to End Police Violence
December 5, 2014
They are also claiming that the purported siblings are not actually related.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids
October 30, 2014
One purported ISIS fighter from Canada praised Rouleau and encouraged others to follow suit with violence.Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence
October 22, 2014
No matter the name, the purported “anomalous primate” has long been the subject of a cycle of stories and skepticism.Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren’t Real
July 3, 2014
But the risks of eating clay outweigh the purported benefits.You Probably Shouldn’t Try to Lose 20 Pounds by Eating Clay
June 24, 2014
The note, written in pencil, purported to be from Joseph Jenkins.The Channings
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It purported to be given only a few days after the trial had taken place.
But this present case was, or purported to be, a case of a second recapture.
There now took place what purported to be a grand reconciliation.Richard III
It bore the London post-mark, and purported to be from Harriet.Johnny Ludlow. First Series
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- alleged; supposed; rumoureda purported two million dollar deal
- to claim (to be a certain thing, etc) by manner or appearance, esp falsely
- (esp of speech or writing) to signify or imply
- meaning; significance
- purpose; object; intention
Word Origin and History for purported
early 15c., "indicate, express, set forth," from the noun in English and from Anglo-French purporter (c.1300), from Old French purporter (see purport (n.)). Related: Purported; purporting.