[ suh-pohzd, -poh-zid ]
/ səˈpoʊzd, -ˈpoʊ zɪd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. supportive,
  2. supportive psychotherapy,
  3. supportive therapy,
  4. supposal,
  5. suppose,
  6. supposed to,
  7. supposedly,
  8. supposing,
  9. supposition,
  10. suppositious

Origin of supposed

First recorded in 1560–70; suppose + -ed2

Related formssup·pos·ed·ly [suh-poh-zid-lee] /səˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbnon·sup·posed, adjectiveun·sup·posed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supposedly

British Dictionary definitions for supposedly


/ (səˈpəʊzd, -ˈpəʊzɪd) /


(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 Formssupposedly (səˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverb

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Word Origin and History for supposedly
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