supposititious love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Substituted with fraudulent intent; spurious.
  • adjective Hypothetical; supposed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence


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

[From Latin suppositīcius, from suppositus, past participle of suppōnere, to substitute; see suppose.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin suppositītius, from the participle stem of suppono.


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  • 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 1869

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

    Secret des Champdoce. English ��mile Gaboriau 1852

  • 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 Delia Bacon 1835

  • 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 2010

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

    Henrik Ibsen 2008

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

    Henrik Ibsen 2008

  • 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 2007

  • 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 2007

  • 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 2007

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

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood 2007


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