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

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Depending on the type of oil—jojoba, maracuja, coconut, argan, tea tree, etc.—the oil may naturally have other purported benefits, like anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties, but those are bonuses. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "What You Should Know Before Using a Trendy New Face Oil," 13 Mar. 2019 Nonetheless, despite his doctor's purported certainty, typhoid fever wasn't officially attached to Albert's records until seven days after his death. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How Did Queen Victoria's Husband Prince Albert Die?," 4 Mar. 2019 Sweat’s version of events doesn’t explain Malanik’s purported role in this latest incident. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Fiancee denies fondling infamous 'Shawshank' escapee, saying she was checking for 'lump in his groin' instead," 25 Mar. 2018 While the invoice purported to be for courtside New York Knicks tickets, the money was intended to pay the businessman Jona Rechnitz, Mr. Huberfeld admitted. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Hedge Fund Co-Founder Gets 30 Months for Role in Alleged Bribery Scheme," 12 Feb. 2019 The North’s arsenal now includes purported thermonuclear warheads and developmental long-range missiles potentially capable of reaching mainland US cities. BostonGlobe.com, "Top North Korean official en route to New York for talks," 30 May 2018 Kimberley Strassel, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, flagged the issue on Twitter on Saturday, adding that a source had given her an email from Brown to Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend and purported witness to the alleged assault. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Kavanaugh accuser's details have changed, but she remains certain about abuse," 23 Sep. 2018 But the Giants game ran nearly four hours, hardly a stunner these days despite MLB’s purported efforts to speed up games. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Yankees echo Joe Maddon's 'Sunday Night Baseball' schedule gripe, weigh ESPN boycott," 4 June 2018 Russian officials brought the purported witnesses for a briefing later Thursday at The Hague headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Washington Post, "Britain, France denounce Russian claim as ‘stunt’," 26 Apr. 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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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