- commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed: the putative boss of the mob.
Origin of putative
Examples from the Web for putatively
Yogurt is a putatively healthy product, and people in these parts are obsessed with fitness and nutrition.Frozen-Yogurt Shops Are Everywhere, but We Are Nowhere Near Saturation
July 19, 2013
A putatively independent website promoting his candidacy was launched recently by Trump Organization executive Michael Cohen.Donald Trump's Platform for President in 2012
January 10, 2011
One answer: In these putatively private matters people constantly reference public standards.Are the Glory Days of Fatherhood Over?
June 20, 2009
The necklace had, in fact, made no end of trouble for several hundred putatively innocent and guileless passengers.The Bandbox
Louis Joseph Vance
- (prenominal) commonly regarded as beingthe putative father
- (prenominal) considered to exist or have existed; inferred
- grammar denoting a mood of the verb in some languages used when the speaker does not have direct evidence of what he is asserting, but has inferred it on the basis of something else
Word Origin and History for putatively
early 15c., from Middle French putatif, from Late Latin putativus "supposed," from Latin putat-, past participle stem of putare "to judge, suppose, believe, suspect," originally "to clean, trim, prune" (see pave). At first especially in putative marriage, one which, though legally invalid, was contracted in good faith by at least one party. Related: Putatively.