- to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory: Suppose the distance to be one mile.
- to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an idea or plan proposed: Suppose we wait until tomorrow.
- to believe or assume as true; take for granted: It is supposed that his death was an accident.
- to think or hold as an opinion: What do you suppose he will do?
- to require logically; imply; presuppose: The evidence supposes his presence near the scene.
- (used in the passive) to expect or design; require or permit (followed by an infinitive verb): The machine is supposed to make noise. I'm not supposed to run fast.
- to assume something; presume; think.
Origin of suppose
Examples from the Web for supposably
But they are supposably ideal phrases of susceptibility, which may be explained in more ways than one.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
So far as I could make out, he was supposably not visible to any excepting two persons—the one he came for and Appelles.The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The girl Nanda, supposably a helpless spectator, takes control of the situation and works it out for her elders.The Craft of Fiction
At this time Mme. du Deffand had supposably reformed her conduct, if not her belief.The Women of the French Salons
Amelia Gere Mason
But the extreme poles of her affection are supposably represented by Phaon and Anactoria.
- to presume (something) to be true without certain knowledgeI suppose he meant to kill her
- to consider as a possible suggestion for the sake of discussion, elucidation, etc; postulatesuppose that he wins the election
- (of theories, propositions, etc) to imply the inference or assumption (of)your policy supposes full employment
Word Origin and History for supposably
early 14c., "to assume as the basis of argument," from Old French supposer "to assume," probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by Old French poser "put, place"), from Latin supponere "put or place under," from sub "under" + ponere "put, place" (see position). Meaning "to admit as possible, to believe to be true" is from 1520s.
Idioms and Phrases with supposably
see I suppose so.