Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Supposititious. See Synonyms at supposed.

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  • adj. Based upon supposition

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as supposititious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

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Examples

  • And the suppositious captives were ferried by CIA-run airlines, whose existence was publicized nearly a year ago by the New York Times.

    Eastern Europe

  • McCain's response to the suppositious expose about ostensible malfeasance did provide his wife, Cindy, with serious face time to demonstrate that she was more than just the blonde lady who looks like the head stewardess for Republican Air.

    Will Durst: Lumpy & Hucky

  • Actually he says this suppositious "Presbyter John" would have been an elder in the Church at Ephesus, not Corinth.

    Bohemian thoughts...

  • Now, in this suppositious case, I have taken phenomena of a very common kind, in order that you might see what are the different steps in an ordinary process of reasoning, if you will only take the trouble to analyse it carefully.

    Essays

  • The speculations of the suppositious Indian sage, though quite as sound as those of many a “Mosaic Geology,” which sells exceedingly well, have no great value if we consider them by the light of modern science.

    Essays

  • That it was a Utopia, there being no known method from the known to the unknown: an infinity renderable equally finite by the suppositious apposition of one or more bodies equally of the same and of different magnitudes: a mobility of illusory forms immobilised in space, remobilised in air: a past which possibly had ceased to exist as a present before its probable spectators had entered actual present existence.

    Ulysses

  • The older, her bezique cards and counters, her Skye terrier, her suppositious wealth, her lapses of responsiveness and incipient catarrhal deafness: the younger, her lamp of colza oil before the statue of the Immaculate Conception, her green and maroon brushes for Charles Stewart Parnell and for Michael Davitt, her tissue papers.

    Ulysses

  • Because Edgar wants his father to see his suicide attempt as impious in the largest sense, not as an offence against suppositious gods but as an offence against life itself, he invents a poem, a lie, a religion.

    Shakespeare

  • In the 150-year period before the introduction of printing into France only three recipe collections had been in circulation: the “Little Treatise of 1306,” the various versions of the Viandier, and the now vanished suppositious ancestors of the Liure fort excellent de cuysine family.

    Savoring The Past

  • Hyponoia (ὑπόνοια) was the term which, Plutarch tells us (De audiendis poetic 4.19), the “ancients” had used, and it implies a hidden meaning, a conjectural or suppositious sense, buried under the literal surface.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

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