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professedly

[ pruh-fes-id-lee ]
/ prəˈfɛs ɪd li /
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adverb

allegedly; pretendedly: He is only professedly poor.
avowedly; by open declaration: She is professedly guilty of the crime.

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Origin of professedly

First recorded in 1560–70; professed + -ly
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