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

Definition of purportedly

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Recent Examples on the Web Ocasio-Cortez responded to Cruz’s tweet by posting a screenshot purportedly showing one of his campaign's communications to donors raising money in connection with the overall push by conservatives to challenge the results of the November election. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Cruz calls AOC a 'liar' after she calls for his resignation and vows to keep opposing her 'socialist buddies'," 8 Jan. 2021 Other parts of the video that are purportedly from the same event do show money being thrown in the air on dancers. Matt Young, Chron, "Report: NBA investigating video of James Harden maskless at a club," 23 Dec. 2020 On Monday Iranian officials denied reports that protesters were shot at with live ammunition after videos purportedly showing people suffering bullet wounds, and blood on sidewalks, were posted online. Haley Ott, CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 The sham tweet appears to have originated on the Instagram of comedic writer Cory Snearowski, who shared the fake screenshot and other purportedly fake CDC tweets in a Twitter thread. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Tweet endorsing shoplifting as a way to prevent spread of COVID-19 is a fake," 24 Dec. 2020 The Twitter handle purportedly used by the group was established earlier this month and had 97 followers by early Wednesday. Aoife White, Bloomberg.com, "Europe’s Human Rights Court Hit by Hackers after Ruling Critical of Turkey," 23 Dec. 2020 The criminal complaint connects the four defendants to earlier acts of vandalism purportedly carried out by a man who already has been arrested and charged. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "Suspects face federal counts in vandalism," 18 Dec. 2020 Hours before the rescue of the boys was announced, a video started circulating online purportedly showing Islamist militants from Boko Haram with some of the boys. NBC News, "Freed Nigerian schoolboys arrive back home a week after abduction," 18 Dec. 2020 Here’s how the scam works: A text arrives, purportedly from FedEx, Amazon or another delivery service, saying the recipient has missed delivery of package. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Beware the rising number of fake delivery scams fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of purportedly

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Purportedly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purportedly. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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