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)



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