pur·port·ed·ly | \(ˌ)pər-ˈpȯr-təd-lē \

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During the visit, Gignac displayed an ornate box containing a letter purportedly from the Bank of Dubai, guaranteeing the availability of $600 million for the hotel investment deal. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Fake sultan's scam of a Miami billionaire fizzled after reckless Ferrari drive, pork meals," 6 July 2018 Footage circulated on social media showed a large fireball, purportedly from an explosion at a military base in Hama believed to house Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Missile Strikes on Syrian Military Base Kill Dozens," 30 Apr. 2018 The threads both post old tweets, purportedly from Levi’s account, that seemingly trash political dynasties, support the NRA, and oppose a law to remove the Confederate flag from Virginia license plates, among other controversial topics. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Bernie Sanders’ Son Levi Is Running for Congress. Here’s What to Know About Him.," 27 Feb. 2018 Kim Jong Il purportedly had a fear of flying, and traveled by rail in all his trips outside North Korea. Lucy Gilmour, WSJ, "Pyongyang Express: A History of North Korea’s Train Diplomacy," 29 Mar. 2018 The suspect, who purportedly had white nationalist leanings, was arrested after allegedly trying to derail an Amtrak train in the fall. CBS News, "Man with white supremacy ties charged with terrorism in Amtrak case," 6 Jan. 2018 Miklos is the son of controversial treasure hunter Roger Miklos, a retired Reno police officer who has purportedly made and lost millions and has been implicated in at least one bribery scandal in an attempt to secure dive permits. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "'Cooper's Treasure' and the Gray Area of Wreck Hunting," 21 June 2018 The document reportedly details a series of bizarre, sometimes anti-Semitic statements that the suspect purportedly made to law enforcement. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Doctor Allegedly References Russian Mob to Explain Killing a Couple in Front of Their Kids," 13 Mar. 2018 Among those sophisticated attacks was an email purportedly sent to CNRP spokesperson Kem Monovithya, who is also the daughter of Kem Sokha. Abby Seiff / Phnom Penh, Time, "Chinese State-Linked Hackers in Large Scale Operation to Monitor Cambodia's Upcoming Elections, Report Says," 11 July 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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