from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Generally regarded as such; supposed. See Synonyms at supposed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Commonly believed or deemed to be the case; accepted by supposition rather than as a result of proof.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Supposed; reputed; commonly thought or deemed: as, the putative father of a child.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
Middle English, from Old French putatif, from Late Latin putātīvus, from Latin putāre, to prune, think.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1432, from Middle French putatif, from Latin putātīvus ("supposed, purported"), from putātus ("thought"), from putō. (Wiktionary)