- 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.
Origin of supposed
Examples from the Web for supposedly
These (roughly) $2,500 ceremonies are supposedly about encouraging “positive feelings” on the part of the single brides.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
Michigan supposedly offered 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a $42 million contract, which would him the highest-paid coach in the NCAA.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is
December 20, 2014
Amelia says some truly terrible things to Sam, supposedly inhabited by the Babadook but really consumed in grief.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
Your move, supposedly not Tea-Party-fevered Governor John Kasich.The Gun Battle Since Newtown
December 14, 2014
Francis then supposedly told the officer that he was the one giving orders now and ordered a cappuccino for the Swiss soldier.Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 5, 2014
A woman got in the way by accident, supposedly, of their getaway from the bank.Second Sight
Basil Eugene Wells
When the books are supposedly familiar to all readers, the marks are not used.Punctuation
Frederick W. Hamilton
Probably I did look young; and then Nannie, whom I was supposedly visiting, was only fifteen.Jerry
I can then return in the future, supposedly to make further orders.Revolution
Dallas McCord Reynolds
We are supposedly a democracy, and our superstructure is plutocratic.A Far Country, Complete
- (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
Word Origin and History for supposedly
"believed or thought to exist," 1580s, past participle adjective from suppose (q.v.); often with the -e- pronounced, to distinguish it from the passive past tense supposed, now common in the sense of "to have a duty or obligation" (1859).