[ pyoo-tuh-tiv ]
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  1. commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed: the putative boss of the mob.

Origin of putative

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Late Latin putātīvus “considered, reckoned, reputed,” equivalent to putāt(us) (past participle of putāre “to think, consider, reckon,” originally “to prune (trees), clean (wool)” + -īvus -ive

Other words from putative

  • pu·ta·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·pu·ta·tive, adjective
  • un·pu·ta·tive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for putative


/ (ˈpjuːtətɪv) /

  1. (prenominal) commonly regarded as being: the putative father

  2. (prenominal) considered to exist or have existed; inferred

  1. 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

Origin of putative

C15: from Late Latin putātīvus supposed, from Latin putāre to consider

Derived forms of putative

  • putatively, adverb

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