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

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Recent Examples on the Web Web browsing performance is purportedly up to 67 percent improved from AMD's prior generation and 7 percent than what the i7-1185G7 offers, based on the WebXPRT 3 benchmark. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 5 May 2022 Despite purportedly being positive for COVID-19, Djokovic was photographed without a mask on Dec. 17 attending an award ceremony for kids at his tennis center. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 The email Fox News obtained was purportedly directed at students in the middle school (6-8th grade). Sam Dorman, Fox News, 12 Feb. 2022 As war continues in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, interest by policymakers and the media has spiked in the America COMPETES Act, legislation that would purportedly help the U.S. better compete with powers such as Russia and China. John Berlau, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 D'Amico and McClure solicited donations through GoFundMe, purportedly to help Bobbitt, and conducted newspaper and television interviews. David Porter, ajc, 22 Nov. 2021 Vladimir Putin, who refused to recognize the validity of the new president’s office, launched an invasion of Ukraine, annexing the regions of Donbas and Crimea and holding sham referendums that purportedly showed support for Russian occupation. Jan Smoleński, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2022 In September 2020, The New York Post published the contents of that laptop, which purportedly showed that Hunter Biden and his father, then-candidate Joe Biden, had engaged in corrupt activities involving Ukrainian and Chinese corporations. Grayson Quay, The Week, 20 Mar. 2022 Surveillance photos purportedly show Vallejo and another man wheeling bins into the hotel the day before the Capitol riot. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of purportedly

1942, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Purportedly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purportedly. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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