supposititious

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adjective sup·pos·i·ti·tious \sə-ˌpä-zə-ˈti-shəs\

Definition of supposititious

  1. 1a :  fraudulently substituted :  spuriousb of a child (1) :  falsely presented as a genuine heir (2) :  illegitimate

  2. 2 [influenced in meaning by supposition] a :  imaginaryb :  of the nature of or based on a supposition :  hypothetical

supposititiously

adverb

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Examples of supposititious in a sentence

  1. entered the world as the supposititious son of a housemaid

Did You Know?

The Latin verb supponere, meaning "substitute," has several legitimate heirs in English, including "supposititious" (which dates from the early 17th century) and "supposition" (a 15th century addition). The "fraudulent" and "illegitimate" meanings of "supposititious" trace back to "supponere" in a fairly direct route, whereas the "imaginary" and "hypothetical" meanings were influenced by the meanings of "supposition." In legal contexts, "supposititious" is primarily used in its earlier senses, as in "a supposititious (fraudulent) will" or "the child was supposititious (illegitimate)." When something hypothetical is being considered, the adjective "suppositious" is often preferred over "supposititious."

Origin and Etymology of supposititious

Latin suppositicius, from suppositus, past participle of supponere to substitute


First Known Use: 1600



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