Vito was thought to be the putative mob boss because of his family legacy.
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.
Origin of putativeMiddle English putative from Classical Latin putativus from putare, to suppose, reckon (orig., to cleanse, set in order, hence compute, consider: see pure)
Origin of putativeMiddle English from Old French putatif from Late Latin putātīvus from Latin putāre to prune, think ; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more putative, superlative most putative)
First attested 1432, from Middle French putatif, from Latin putÄtÄ«vus (“supposed, purported"), from putÄtus (“thought"), from putÅ.
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