pur·​port·​ed | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈpȯr-təd How to pronounce purported (audio) \

Definition of purported

: reputed, alleged took gullible tourists to purported ancient sites

Examples of purported in a Sentence

the purported value of the estate
Recent Examples on the Web The Hellfire Club is targeted because of its links to Dungeons & Dragons, a game which came under similar suspicion in real life due to its purported demonic messaging. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 8 June 2022 The purported law is not found in any recent news reports or the New York State Senate's webpage featuring new legislation passed into law. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 What happens when a democracy emerges unscathed from a purported vile racist threat to its very existence? Rich Lowry, National Review, 23 May 2022 Their purported habits are used as proof of recent folly, but also of future possibility. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Gurman hasn’t elaborated on the iPhone 14’s purported satellite functionality. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 Apr. 2022 Ukraine’s military and the civilian defense force had supplied the loudest retort to Mr. Putin’s purported belief that Ukrainians would welcome his troops. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2022 The purported Islamic advocacy organization so beloved by the media faces credible accusations of widespread workplace misconduct. A. J. Caschetta, National Review, 10 Apr. 2022 Choke is the nickname for Herrera, as evidenced by his own purported signature in another email. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of purported

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Purported.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purported. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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