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supposed

[suh-pohzd, -poh-zid] /səˈpoʊzd, -ˈpoʊ zɪd/
adjective
1.
assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical:
a supposed case.
2.
accepted or believed as true, without positive knowledge:
the supposed site of an ancient temple.
3.
merely thought to be such; imagined:
supposed gains.
Origin of supposed
1560-1570
1560-70; suppose + -ed2
Related forms
supposedly
[suh-poh-zid-lee] /səˈpoʊ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
nonsupposed, adjective
unsupposed, adjective
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  • The climate was arid, and the dry soil was loaded with alkaline salts, supposedly destructive to most vegetable life.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • Probably I did look young; and then Nannie, whom I was supposedly visiting, was only fifteen.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • Evidently, someone on room service had found the suite to be supposedly empty and had sent a boy up to investigate.

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • He went to Damietta, supposedly to take charge of the defense.

  • supposedly she has a job as some sort of a practical nurse in a hospital right now.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for supposedly

supposed

/səˈpəʊzd; -ˈpəʊzɪd/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) presumed to be true without certain knowledge: his supposed date of birth
2.
(prenominal) believed to be true on slight grounds; highly doubtful: the supposed existence of ghosts
3.
(səˈpəʊzd), (postpositive) foll by to. expected or obliged (to): I'm supposed to be there at nine
4.
(səˈpəʊzd), (postpositive; used in negative) foll by to. expected or obliged not (to): you're not supposed to walk on the grass
Derived Forms
supposedly (səˈpəʊzɪdlɪ) adverb
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Word Origin and History for supposedly
adv.

1610s, from supposed + -ly (2).

supposed

adj.

"believed or thought to exist," 1580s, past participle adjective from suppose (q.v.); often with the -e- pronounced, to distinguish it from the passive past tense supposed, now common in the sense of "to have a duty or obligation" (1859).

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