pur·​port·​ed | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈpȯr-təd \

Definition of purported 

: 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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But videos posted online that purported to show unarmed protesters being shot have prompted criticism from rights groups of the Israeli army and raised questions about whether the demonstrators are all violent. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Hundreds of Palestinians Injured, One Killed, in Clashes With Israel’s Military," 13 Apr. 2018 Bird, for example, submitted a more than 130-page document that put a spotlight on the purported environmental benefits of electric scooters and a commitment to safety and increasing economic opportunity. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 Among other purported benefits, dry brushing is said to increase drainage of lymphatic fluids, thereby flushing toxins from the body. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "Here’s What Dry Brushing Your Skin Actually Does—and Doesn’t Do," 27 Aug. 2018 Fox News reported on the event's cancellation, and some of the photos the network used that purported to show Eagles players protesting actually were of them praying. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Fox News apologizes after Eagles player calls network's anthem story 'propaganda'," 5 June 2018 Soon, Backpage became the home for the ads the purported to offer escorts. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Indictments revealed in human-trafficking case against Backpage founders," 9 Apr. 2018 Wayne Jenkins, then began to film on his mobile phone — a video shown during the trial — that purported to show the detectives opening the safe for the first time and discovering the remaining $100,000. Author: Timothy Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Trial exposes brazen corruption by Baltimore officers," 7 Feb. 2018 The book begins as the purported journal writings of high school sophomore Xiomara Batista. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable. Joe Flint, WSJ, "White House Suspends CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta’s Press Pass," 7 Nov. 2018

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of purported

: said to be true or real but not definitely true or real

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