pro·​fessed·​ly | \ prə-ˈfe-səd-lē How to pronounce professedly (audio) , -ˈfest-lē How to pronounce professedly (audio) \

Definition of professedly

1 : by profession or declaration : avowedly
2 : with pretense : allegedly

Examples of professedly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early modern Europe had the daily pageant of court society, with its graceful, witty, professedly nonchalant aristocrats who had every muscle under tight control and every piece of clothing precisely arranged. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 Applebaum writes, professedly, about the ideological currents of elite discourse, not the economic anxiety of lower-middle-class Americans, Brits, or Poles. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, 14 Jan. 2021 But Pooh, though self-professedly dense, is still able to participate in adventures that require elaborate, if often misguided, planning, and is aware, besides, of his own intellectual limitations. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 20 June 2019 The flap was merely the latest in Keith’s long career as one of the most prominent, if professedly reluctant, political figures in contemporary music. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2017 Never in its modern history has France chosen a leader as professedly dedicated as Macron is to what the Anglo-American world understands as liberalism - economic and political liberty reinforcing one another in a virtuous circle., 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of professedly

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Professedly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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