pur·​port·​ed·​ly (ˌ)pər-ˈpȯr-təd-lē How to pronounce purportedly (audio)

Examples of purportedly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a post on the platform Truth Social just hours before news of Murdoch's exit broke, for example, Trump excoriated Fox for purportedly refusing to show the results of a poll. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 Back in 2013, Ballard launched himself and what became OUR on Glenn Beck’s online show at The Blaze, purportedly raising $1 million for the group from this one appearance. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2023 Just 32 — or 2 percent — had resulted in arrests or warrants, and those cases were unrelated to the purportedly systematic abuses that elections activists claimed had tainted the 2020 election. Sharon Lafraniere, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 His 1932 Requiem for unaccompanied voices was not performed until 1980, but has since become one of his most programmed pieces in the U.S. For someone who purportedly adored Tudor sacred music, Howells wrote surprisingly little to no contrapuntal imitation in his Requiem. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 Meanwhile, Ballard recently faced a rare and unexpected condemnation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for purportedly misrepresenting a powerful church elder’s involvement OUR’s work and his personal business dealings. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 18 Sep. 2023 First Coast News reported that prosecutors opened proceedings Thursday by reading from an exchange between Quiles and his brother recorded on a wire in which the defendant purportedly confesses to the crime. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 In one post last month, the Russian Defense Ministry showed a Lancet purportedly destroying a U.S.-provided howitzer in the Zaporizhzhia region. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 The suit centers around a now-infamous laptop, purportedly left by Biden at a Wilmington, Del., repair shop and found by Republican operatives weeks before the 2020 election, which has become a central part of allegations of corruption involving President Biden‘s son. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purportedly was in 1942

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“Purportedly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purportedly. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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