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Sunday, February 13, 2000

Definitions for putative

  1. Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed.

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Citations for putative
Certainly, to have even a putative ancestor commemorated by Shakespeare is something about which to boast. Frances Spalding, Duncan Grant: A Biography
A report has found that the putative evidence for the paper that started the controversy was fabricated. Margot O'Toole, New York Times
Origin of putative
late Middle English
Putative comes from Late Latin putativus, from Latin putare, "to cleanse, to prune, to clear up, to consider, to reckon, to think." It is related to compute, "to calculate" (from com-, intensive prefix + putare); dispute, "to contend in argument" (from dis-, "apart" + putare); and reputation, "the estimation in which one is held" (from reputatio, from the past participle of reputare, "to think over," from re-, "again" + putare).