American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Generally regarded as such; supposed. See Synonyms at supposed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Supposed; reputed; commonly thought or deemed: as, the putative father of a child.
- adj. Commonly believed or deemed to be the case; accepted by supposition rather than as a result of proof.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed.
- adj. purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
- First attested 1432, from Middle French putatif, from Latin putātīvus ("supposed, purported"), from putātus ("thought"), from putō. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani showed up in New Hampshire on the former Massachusetts governor's magical day, underscoring why Romney is plagued by the word "putative," which almost always appears before "front-runner.”
“I think the major problem with Europe today is a lack of democracy, even in putative democratic countries.”
“Just because I disagree with a certain putative means to reduce the number of abortions (and it is hardly well established that government distribution of birth control reduces the number of abortions), it does not follow that I am not actually prolife.”
“Others, like William of Conches and the Arabic doctors, demonstrated an interest in putative astrological influences on the fetus's development. 42 But by the mid-thirteenth century, Vincent of Beauvais followed his source, the Cistercian Helinand of Froidmont, a twelfth-century critic of astrology, and strongly attacked the belief in the planets 'power to determine sex differentiation in the womb. 43 Medical writers generally avoided the question of celestial interference and concentrated on the positive and negative influences of terrestrial bodies, especially the maternal body encasing the fetus.”
“Coburn, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Mike Crapo of Idaho, calling the putative deal a blatant violation of the group's "no new taxes" pledge, which most Republican lawmakers have signed.”
“Later Iran would be increasingly identified as a putative rationale for extending it into the Persian”
“Perhaps the specter of losing the nomination after being dubbed the putative front runner, or of gaining the nomination in a bitterly divisive nomination contest then losing the presidency, might be likened to a Pyrrhic victory.”
“In essence, the current evolutionary approach is goal-oriented, namely the putative fitness advantage of future generations is taken as the goal.”
“According to Bondi's theory, the universe as far back into the past as we might look would always look the same; there was no evolution, there could be no “fossils”, as Bondi called putative evidence of a universe different in the past from our present one.”
“A marriage of this latter kind is called a putative marriage.”
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