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)
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 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.
- The science throughout, of course, was utter nonsense, but the show only became almost a self-parody in seasons two and three, when they began filming in color and reflecting the sixties rather than a putative future.
- The putative purpose of this Foundation is to collect all the empire's knowledge in a vast compendium, the Encyclopedia Galactica.
- P. 21) leave little room for doubt as to their origin, which, when the cryptogamic habit and common range of their putative parents, the former unknown to the author last-named, is considered, will seem to be still more likely.
- She assented on condition that the divorce could be lawfully effected without impeachment of her son's legitimacy; whereupon Lethington undertook in the name of all present that she should be rid of her husband without any prejudice to the child - at whose baptism a few days afterwards Bothwell took the place of the putative father, though Darnley was actually residing under the same roof, and it was not till after the ceremony that he was suddenly struck down by a sickness so violent as to excite suspicions of poison.
- When the conspiring forces of clerical venality and political prostitution had placed a putative Bonaparte in power attained by perjury after perjury, and supported by massacre after massacre, Victor Hugo, in common with all honourable men who had ever taken part in political or public life under the government superseded by force of treason and murder, was driven from his country into an exile of well-nigh twenty years.