supposititious love

Definitions

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

  • adj. Substituted with fraudulent intent; spurious.
  • adj. Hypothetical; supposed. See Synonyms at supposed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Spurious; substituted for the genuine, counterfeit.
  • adj. Imaginary; fictitious, pretended to exist.
  • adj. Supposed or hypothetical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fraudulently substituted for something else; not being what is purports to be; not genuine; spurious; counterfeit.
  • adj. Suppositional; hypothetical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Put by artifice in the place of or assuming the character of another; not genuine; counterfeit; spurious.
  • Hypothetical; supposed.
  • Synonyms Counterfeit, etc. See spurious.

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

  • adj. based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

Etymologies

From Latin suppositīcius, from suppositus, past participle of suppōnere, to substitute; see suppose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin suppositītius, from the participle stem of suppono. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not content with the cares of the present day and hour, she dived far into the future, and carried all sorts of imaginary loads that would come in supposititious cases.

    Oldtown Folks

  • "Listen to me, my lad; I'll put what we call a supposititious case to you.

    Secret des Champdoce. English

  • The speaker for this school was one who could not see why it was not just as lawful for the moderns to 'invent new measures in verses,' at least, as in 'dances,' and why it was not just as competent for him to compose 'supposititious' letters for _his_ purposes, as it was for

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • Well, now, to continue our supposititious case, the couple -- not necessarily a guilty couple -- realize after the murderer is gone that they have placed themselves in a position in which it may be difficult for them to prove that they did not themselves either do the deed or connive at it.

    Chennai

  • Casting aside, therefore, the spurious "lessons" and supposititious

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Rosa appeared to consider what she would do if the awkward supposititious case were hers.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • Though he said these things in short sentences, much as the supposititious charity boy just now referred to might have repeated a verse or two from the Book of Proverbs, there was something dreamy (for so literal a man) in the way in which he now shook his right forefinger at the live coals in the grate, and again fell silent.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • That he might do it the better, Captain Cuttle sometimes condescended, of an evening after the shop was shut, to rehearse this scene: retiring into the parlour for the purpose, as into the lodgings of a supposititious

    Dombey and Son

  • He had always an affability to bestow on Clennam and an ease to treat him with, which might of itself (in the supposititious case of his not having taken that sagacious course) have been a very uncomfortable element in his state of mind.

    Little Dorrit

  • I sat looking at Peggotty for some time, in a reverie on this supposititious case: whether, if she were employed to lose me like the boy in the fairy tale, I should be able to track my way home again by the buttons she would shed.

    David Copperfield

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.