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putative

[ pyoo-tuh-tiv ]
/ ˈpyu tə tɪv /
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adjective

commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed: the putative boss of the mob.

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Origin of putative

1400–50; late Middle English <Late Latin putātīvus reputed, equivalent to putāt(us) (past participle of putāre to think, consider, reckon, originally to clean, prune) + -īvus-ive
pu·ta·tive·ly, adverbun·pu·ta·tive, adjectiveun·pu·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for putative

putative
/ (ˈpjuːtətɪv) /

adjective

(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
putatively, adverb
C15: from Late Latin putātīvus supposed, from Latin putāre to consider
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