- The definition of putative refers to something commonly accepted as true or thought by most to be true.
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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