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
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.