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adjective pu·ta·tive \ˈpyü-tə-tiv\

Simple Definition of putative

  • : generally believed to be something

Full Definition of putative

  1. 1 :  commonly accepted or supposed

  2. 2 :  assumed to exist or to have existed

pu·ta·tive·ly adverb

Examples of putative

  1. This has always been a nation willing to sell out its past for putative progress. —Anna Quindlen, Newsweek, 3 June 2002

  2. The putative champions of liberty took up the cry of dissent only after it had become profitable and safe … —Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, June 2000

  3. Back in Hollywood in a few weeks, I was discouraged to find yet another putative director wandering about in the Cowan offices, also unpaid. —Arthur Miller, Timebends, 1987

  4. <the putative reason for her dismissal was poor job performance>



Origin of putative

Middle English, from Late Latin putativus, from Latin putatus, past participle of putare to think


First Known Use: 15th century



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