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supposed

[ suh-pohzd, -poh-zid ]
/ səˈpoʊzd, -ˈpoʊ zɪd /
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adjective
assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
accepted or believed as true, without positive knowledge: the supposed site of an ancient temple.
merely thought to be such; imagined: supposed gains.
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Origin of supposed

First recorded in 1560–70; suppose + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM supposed

sup·pos·ed·ly [suh-poh-zid-lee], /səˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbnon·sup·posed, adjectiveun·sup·posed, adjective
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How to use supposed in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for supposed

supposed
/ (səˈpəʊzd, -ˈpəʊzɪd) /

adjective
(prenominal) presumed to be true without certain knowledgehis supposed date of birth
(prenominal) believed to be true on slight grounds; highly doubtfulthe supposed existence of ghosts
(səˈpəʊzd) (postpositive foll by to) expected or obliged (to)I'm supposed to be there at nine
(səˈpəʊzd) (postpositive; used in negative foll by to) expected or obliged not (to)you're not supposed to walk on the grass

Derived forms of supposed

supposedly (səˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverb
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