The definition of putative refers to something commonly accepted as true or thought by most to be true.(adjective)
When everyone thinks a certain author wrote an anonymous book, this is an example of a situation where the certain author is considered the putative author.
See putative in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME putative < L putativus < putare, to suppose, reckon (orig., to cleanse, set in order, hence compute, consider: see pure)
See putative in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French putatif
Origin: , from Late Latin putātīvus
Origin: , from Latin putāre, to prune, think; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.
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