re·​put·​ed·​ly | \ ri-ˈpyü-təd-lē How to pronounce reputedly (audio) \

Definition of reputedly

: according to reputation or general belief

Examples of reputedly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its casino, owned by the local government, was founded in 1917, reputedly to help tease intelligence out of off-duty diplomats in the first world war. The Economist, "Goodbye casino, hello smugglers A tiny Italian exclave unwillingly joins the EU’s customs union," 2 Jan. 2020 The black flies that Dr. Currie studies have reputedly killed large mammals when swarming them (perhaps by shock rather than what is delicately referred to as exsanguination). James Gorman, New York Times, "Meet the Bloodsuckers," 28 Oct. 2019 Not only does that come off as a bizarre bit of business chicanery, but some of you may remember that around 2011 or so Bethesda reputedly tried to starve out Human Head to force an acquisition. PCWorld, "This week in games: Sonic loses his teeth, John Carmack steps back from Oculus," 11 Nov. 2019 Ansari, reputedly dead, in a professional sense, released a new Netflix special in July. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The “Cancel Culture” Con," 23 Sep. 2019 Bishop spent a cold childhood raised by cheerless Calvinist grandparents (her official guardian, Uncle Jack, was reputedly something of a bully), and quickly learned that intense emotional attachments led to distress. Scott Bradfield, Washington Post, "It’s always a good time to revisit the brilliance of Elizabeth Bishop," 8 Nov. 2019 In the 1960s, the school board’s new progressive majority voted to put black children from Marin City and white children from Sausalito in the same schools, reputedly the first voluntary desegregation in the state. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "A tiny Marin County district got California’s first school desegregation order in 50 years," 22 Sep. 2019 The Buddha reputedly died, at age eighty, near what is today Kushinagar, in Uttar Pradesh. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019 And despite Virgo’s reputedly rigid nature, de Castellane encourages a looser approach to picking an occasion to enjoy her designs. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Dior‘s New Tabletop Collection Is Fit for a Virgo," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of reputedly

1655, in the meaning defined above

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“Reputedly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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