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

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Recent Examples on the Web Following announcements, some social media users made claims that Pelosi, D-Calif., did not actually receive the shot based on an image that purportedly shows an orange cap over the syringe. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Posts falsely claim cap was on Nancy Pelosi's COVID-19 vaccine," 20 Dec. 2020 The first few days after the election, money that was purportedly for the legal fight primarily went to Trump's campaign for debt payment, as well as the RNC, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, "Money to support Trump court fight could flow to president," 11 Nov. 2020 Protests were fueled by a two-hour YouTube video released by Navalny’s team after his arrest about the Black Sea residence purportedly built for Putin. Jim Heintz, BostonGlobe.com, "Over 5,100 arrested at pro-Navalny protests across Russia," 31 Jan. 2021 Just after Navalny's arrest, his team released a two-hour video on his YouTube channel about the Black Sea residence purportedly built for Putin. Fox News, "Russia arrests over 1,000 people demanding Navalny's release," 31 Jan. 2021 Tarrant County leaders sent an email to residents purportedly assigning them a vaccination number. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Botched rollout of the coronavirus vaccine reflects who we are. How did we ever win two world wars?," 28 Jan. 2021 Indiscriminately limiting sales to purportedly dual-use Chinese companies, as the current administration proposes, opens the door to U.S. competitors who are prepared to step in where American firms are banned to go. Henry M. Paulson Jr., WSJ, "Henry Paulson: How to Fix Our Relationship With China," 14 Dec. 2020 The New York Post published a series of stories about the contents of the laptop and hard drive that purportedly belongs to Hunter Biden beginning in mid-October. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Cybersecurity expert says Hunter Biden email about former VP meeting Burisma official is authentic," 29 Oct. 2020 Vice, citing a similar email purportedly from the Proud Boys and threatening Florida voters, found another possible path through a server in Estonia. Anchorage Daily News, "Threatening emails reportedly sent to Democratic voters in swing states and Alaska, sparking investigations," 21 Oct. 2020

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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