[per-pawr-tid, -pohr-]


reputed or claimed; alleged: We saw no evidence of his purported wealth.

Origin of purported

First recorded in 1890–95; purport + -ed2
Related formspur·port·ed·ly, adverbun·pur·port·ed, adjective
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alleged; supposed; rumoureda purported two million dollar deal
Derived Formspurportedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for purportedly

"allegedly," 1949, from past participle of purport (v.) + -ly (2).

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