pur·​port·​ed (ˌ)pər-ˈpȯr-təd How to pronounce purported (audio)
: reputed, alleged
took gullible tourists to purported ancient sites

Examples of purported in a Sentence

the purported value of the estate
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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purported was in 1836

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“Purported.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purported. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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